Pedro Alvarez Reinstated, Ernesto Frieri Designated For Assignment
Aug08

Pedro Alvarez Reinstated, Ernesto Frieri Designated For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have reinstated third baseman Pedro Alvarez from the Bereavement List and relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri has been designated for assignment. Frieri was acquired by the Pirates in exchange for Jason Grilli on June 27th. He made 14 appearances for Pittsburgh, posting a 10.13 ERA in 10.2 innings. Alvarez has been on the Bereavement List since August 5th. He returned to Pittsburgh today and was taking grounders at...

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Pirates Activate Starling Marte, Place Pedro Alvarez on the Bereavement List
Aug05

Pirates Activate Starling Marte, Place Pedro Alvarez on the Bereavement List

The Pittsburgh Pirates have recalled outfielder Starling Marte and have placed Pedro Alvarez on the bereavement list, according to a team press release. Last night, Ryan Palencer wrote about how Marte wasn’t experiencing any setbacks in his rehab. He played center field yesterday for Indianapolis, and is expected to take over in center field for Pittsburgh with Andrew McCutchen expected to go on the disabled list. No word yet on...

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First Pitch: Looking at the Options to Replace Andrew McCutchen
Aug05

First Pitch: Looking at the Options to Replace Andrew McCutchen

Andrew McCutchen will most likely go on the disabled list with an oblique injury, which is a huge blow to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It’s not impossible for them to contend from here, but it’s going to be very difficult, especially without their MVP. There’s no one player who can replace the lost production from McCutchen, but the Pirates would still have a chance of contending if they get just good production from...

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First Pitch: Pedro Alvarez’s Future With the Pirates
Aug04

First Pitch: Pedro Alvarez’s Future With the Pirates

When Pedro Alvarez was taken in the first round in the 2008 draft, there were two beliefs about his future. First was that he could be the big power bat that would anchor the middle of the Pirates’ lineup for years to come. Second was that he might eventually have to move to first base, due to his size. Six years later, only one of those things is true, and unfortunately for the Pirates, it’s not the good one. Alvarez has...

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First Pitch: Don’t Look Now, But the Pirates Have an Offense
Jun24

First Pitch: Don’t Look Now, But the Pirates Have an Offense

Last year the Pittsburgh Pirates won because of their pitching. The pitching staff as a whole combined for a 3.58 xFIP, which tied the Atlanta Braves for third in the majors, and second in the NL. The offense was middle of the pack, by advanced metrics, with the Pirates ranking 13th in baseball with a 98 wRC+. The actual results under-performed the advanced metrics, leading to the Pirates finishing in the bottom third in runs scored....

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