Vazquez out?

Surprising news from Dejan Kovacevic today: Ramon Vazquez thinks he might be gone from the Pirates once the regular season begins. I think it’s safe to say that most of us assumed Vazquez would make the team due to his $2 M salary this year, and that the only way to avoid Vazquez taking up a bench spot would be if another team traded for him, or in the seemingly unlikely event that the Pirates released him and ate his contract....

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Notes: Minors, Walker, Ranaudo, 2010 Draft, Dynasty

A few notes from the last few days: -Jennifer Langosch had some great notes on several minor league players yesterday.  A brief summary: Pedro Alvarez will remain at third base, but that could be influenced by the play of Andy LaRoche or Jeff Clement. The key for Neil Walker is hitting.  The article includes a quote from Kyle Stark saying the Pirates will find a place for Walker if he improves that area of his game. Jose...

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Spring Training Updates: Kevin Hart, Neil Walker, Jean Machi

Going in to Spring Training, it seemed that there would only be four positions up for grabs.  Those were the starting first base position, the fifth rotation spot, the final bench spot, and one bullpen spot.  Jeff Clement has the inside track at first base, there are plenty of options for the bench spot, and the one bullpen spot turned in to two when it was discovered that Joel Hanrahan would start the season on the disabled...

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Spring Training Begins

Pitchers and catchers officially reported today, and we already have some updates from this morning. -The official Pirates Twitter account reports that Akinori Iwamura has arrived at Pirate City. -Rob Biertempfel reports that Jose Tabata didn’t have any visa issues, and is already in camp. -Biertempfel also reported that Neil Walker caught Zach Duke’s quick session this morning.  Biertempfel mentioned in his post at...

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A trade in the works?

Earlier today it was reported that the Pirates claimed outfielder Brandon Jones off of waivers from the Atlanta Braves.  Shortly after the move, Rob Biertempfel posted a comment on Twitter telling Pirates fans not to get too attached to Jones.  After the comment I speculated that Jones might have been a “claim and trade”, since only the Washington Nationals had a shot at Jones, and it’s likely that one of...

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