Pirates Notebook: Cardinals and Astros go nuts signing picks

Often there’s a certain group of Pittsburgh Pirates fans who remind me of Randy Quaid’s character in Major League II (I think I’ve seen Pat at WHYGAVS refer to them as the Tin Foil crowd). I realize that there’s a lot to complain about in 16, going on 17 losing seasons, but it gets to the point where the complaining becomes ridiculous. I’m not talking about this type of complaining… No, the...

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Pirates Notebook: Pirates lose value by trading Grabow

With John Grabow set to be a free agent at the end of the season, we’re going to see a lot of talk of the Pittsburgh Pirates trading their lefty set-up man to re-stock the farm system. If they really want to re-stock the farm system, they should hold on to him…at least until the end of the 2009 season. According to MLB Trade Rumors, Grabow is a probable Type A free agent after this season. If you are unfamiliar with Type A...

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Pirates Notebook: Maholm is better with Diaz

I’ve posted this many times in the past, but I feel it needs to be posted after every Paul Maholm start. Paul Maholm and Jason Jaramillo just don’t mix. Before I go on, the updated CERA chart, comparing the pitching rotation under Ryan Doumit, Robinzon Diaz, and Jason Jaramillo: As you can see, Maholm has been great with Doumit and Diaz, and horrible with Jaramillo. Tonight was just another example. The issue was brought...

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2009 Pirates are better than 2008 Pirates

At the end of the season last year, after watching the Pirates go 17-37 to finish the final two months of the season, there was little hope in the 2009 team. The Pirates traded their two best hitters of 2008 in Jason Bay and Xavier Nady. Free agency came and went in the coming months, with the only additions being on the bench, and some bullpen depth. It looked as if that 17-37 team was going to be the same team we would see in 2009,...

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Pirates Notebook: Delwyn is not an upgrade over Moss

When the Pirates acquired Delwyn Young from the Dodgers, the thought was that Young would be given work at second base, to eventually take over as the replacement for Freddy Sanchez. The latest talk on Young is that he should step in to the lineup right now. The difference is that, rather than stepping in at second, most people want him stepping in for Brandon Moss in right field. Moss started the season hitting for a .203 average in...

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