2009 Pirates Preview: To trade or not to trade?

Last year the Pirates made two major trades, dealing outfielders Jason Bay and Xavier Nady, plus left handed reliever Damaso Marte, in an attempt to give the farm system a quick boost in the rebuilding process. In return for those deals, the Pirates received eight players. Those eight players include starting third baseman Andy LaRoche, starting right fielder Brandon Moss, number four and five starters Ross Ohlendorf and Jeff...

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Pirates cut three, Jaramillo and Ohlendorf win jobs

According to DK at the PBC Blog, the Pittsburgh Pirates have cut Steve Pearce, Robinzon Diaz, and Anderson Machado. The Diaz move means that Jason Jaramillo is now a lock for the backup catcher job, something that has been confirmed by Neal Huntington. Check out the Spring Training Tracker and the 25 Man Roster Projection to see how the moves impact the Pirates, and who is left in camp fighting for a job. Huntington also announced...

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Pirates cut eight players

The Pirates cut eight players from their major league camp today, most notably Pedro Alvarez and Daniel McCutchen. Here is a list of the players who were cut, and their assignments: -Pedro Alvarez-Jimmy Barthmaier-Jeff Sues-Ronald Uviedo-Steven Lerud-Juan Mateo-Daniel McCutchen-Shelby Ford Alvarez and Uviedo will start the season in Lynchburg, Sues and Lerud will start in Altoona, and the remaining players will most likely start in...

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Spring Training Battles: Third Base

It’s hard to call the third base position a “battle”, especially since the Pirates have pretty much said that Andy LaRoche will get the first shot over Neil Walker. So there really is not much to talk about, except maybe “are the Pirates making the right call giving LaRoche the first shot?” One could point to the horrible results that LaRoche has shown in the majors thus far (.184/.286/.272 in 316 major...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Draft Database

In my attempt to build a draft database for the Pirates, I felt it was appropriate to date back to the last draft where the Pirates picked a Hall of Fame player. Unfortunately for me, that was the 1985 draft where they selected Barry Bonds in the first round. Even worse, the results since then have been depressing. If you ever had a doubt as to why the Pirates are in the mess they are in, take 15 minutes and check out this draft...

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