Avoid free agency

Neal Huntington stated in today’s Post-Gazette that the Pirates plan to be more aggressive in the free agent market this offseason. The players mentioned in the article are a great reminder of why the Pirates should mostly avoid free agency until they get farther along in the rebuilding process. Dejan notes that some recently traded players are possibilities, mentioning Freddy Sanchez, Jack Wilson and John Grabow as the most...

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Response to the Murray Chass article

The article written by Murray Chass has been floating around the past few days on various sites, receiving mixed reviews. Some Pirates fans, who don’t like the direction the Pirates are going, see the article as validation of their complaints. Other Pirates fans, and some outlets who are neutral (MLB Trade Rumors), have disagreed with the contents of the article. Count me in with the latter. It’s not that I am saying...

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Neal Huntington Trade Grades

The list below is a tally of all of the trades made by Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington. The ultimate goal of any trade is to improve the team at the Major League level. Therefore, I decided to focus on the wins above replacement (WAR) stats for all players exchanged in the deal. To read about WAR, check out this series of articles at FanGraphs. As for the trades, the rules for each player: 1. WAR totals are taken...

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Pirates Notebook: Discriminating against Littlefield players

In case you missed it, Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette did an interview with Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Neil Walker. In the article, Walker questions his future with the Pirates, while suggesting that he and Brian Bixler are two examples of players who could be held back due to being acquired by Dave Littlefield. I’ve seen a lot of talk on message boards and in blogs that matches the comments made by Walker: Neal...

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Huntington's Trades and My Golf Game

Depending on who you talk to, my fanaticism regarding the Pirates is stupid, sadistic or unwarranted. Or perhaps all of the above and then some. It has been too long since the team has made a string of moves that put the club in better shape. It reminds me of my golf game. Having played baseball and basketball up through high school and generally shunning golf because it was expensive, time consuming and didn’t involve playing...

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