First Pitch: After Signing Burnett, the Pirates are Set Up For a Very Interesting Off-Season
Nov15

First Pitch: After Signing Burnett, the Pirates are Set Up For a Very Interesting Off-Season

I kind of get the feeling that Neal Huntington has this off-season mapped out. If he did, it wouldn’t be any different than previous off-seasons. Last year rather than extending a qualifying offer to A.J. Burnett, they tried for James Loney and Edinson Volquez. When Loney signed with the Rays, they turned back to Burnett with the remaining money. The plan worked out a little better the year before. They were aggressive early in...

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First Pitch: No Clear Answers For the Pirates at First Base
Nov07

First Pitch: No Clear Answers For the Pirates at First Base

A few weeks ago I wrote about the first base platoon, asking which players should stick around for the platoon in 2015. The Pittsburgh Pirates saw all of their internal options have down years in 2014, with Ike Davis, Gaby Sanchez, and Pedro Alvarez all struggling at the plate. Based on the career numbers, a platoon of Davis and Sanchez would be the best internal option. However, this would also cost around $7 M, which is getting...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Arbitration Estimates
Oct25

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Arbitration Estimates

Matt Swartz at MLBTR has been producing some very accurate arbitration estimates over the last three seasons. His estimates for the Pittsburgh Pirates just came out recently, in an off-season preview that was written by Charlie at Bucs Dugout. Below are the MLBTR arbitration estimates: Gaby Sanchez, 1B (5.025): $2.7MM Neil Walker, 2B (4.166): $8.6MM Ike Davis, 1B (4.155): $4.4MM Mark Melancon, RP (4.098): $7.6MM Travis Snider, OF...

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2014 Recaps: Is Josh Harrison the Future at Third Base For the Pirates?
Oct22

2014 Recaps: Is Josh Harrison the Future at Third Base For the Pirates?

For the past few years, the third base recap has been a countdown to nothing. More specifically, it has been a countdown to when Pedro Alvarez would leave the Pittsburgh Pirates, at which point the Pirates had no internal replacements. After the 2014 season, the Pirates are now in a situation where they not only have a replacement at third base for Alvarez, but also could deal Alvarez two years before he’s eligible for free...

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First Pitch: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go From the Three-Headed First Base Platoon?
Oct22

First Pitch: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go From the Three-Headed First Base Platoon?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have some interesting decisions to make at first base this off-season. And by “interesting decisions”, I mean they’ve got a group of players making a lot of combined money, with none of them coming off a good year at the first base position. The three-headed platoon of Pedro Alvarez, Ike Davis, and Gaby Sanchez will probably make around $13.5 M, which is a bit misleading, since the...

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