Pirates Notebook: Three Roster Situations

Here’s a look at three roster situations the Pittsburgh Pirates have to deal with: 1. Donald Veal Returns Veal has been on the 15-day DL, and started his rehab on June 8th. According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, pitchers can only spend a maximum of 30 days in rehab. That means that Veal’s rehab is over after July 7th. Since Veal is a Rule 5 choice, the Pirates have two options: -Bring Veal up to the majors-Try...

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Pirates Notebook: Five Big Surprises

Ever since the new management group took over, the theme has been re-building the minor league system. We’ve seen this process through trades, such as the Jason Bay, Xavier Nady, and Nate McLouth deals. We’ve seen it through the draft, especially when we went over slot to get guys like Robbie Grossman. We’ve also seen a few free agent additions, like Tyler Herron, and some minor moves, like trading Andy Phillips for...

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Pirates Notebook: Recap on Sano News

While browsing around for notes on the status of Miguel Angel Sano, aka, Hanley Pujols, I noticed that no two media outlets had the same information. One source said the Pirates had made an offer. Another denied this. One reporter said the Orioles weren’t in on Sano. Another said they were leading the race. The only thing that was consistent was this: MLB has not concluded their age verification of Sano. Considering Sano is the...

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Pirates Notebook: The Pursuit of Hanley Pujols

Today marks the start of the international signing period, which means one thing for Pittsburgh Pirates fans: the market is open for Miguel Angel Sano, aka “Hanley Pujols”. The month of June wasn’t kind to Pirates fans. Nate McLouth was traded early for prospects. Tony Sanchez was taken fourth overall in the draft, despite being ranked 32nd by Baseball America. Then to cap it all off, fan favorite Nyjer Morgan was...

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Pirates Notebook: Post Trade Thoughts

I wrote on the Eric Hinske trade and the Nyjer Morgan/Sean Burnett trade earlier today. Check out those links for my thoughts on the deals. In the aftermath of the trades, I’ve got a few more thoughts, which I will provide in no specific order: Where are the left handers? The big issue, following the trade of Burnett, is the lack of left handers in the bullpen. It seemed like the Pirates had nothing but left handers in their...

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