Analyzing the Non-Tender Deadline

The Pittsburgh Pirates had a somewhat busy day today. They swapped arbitration eligible players with the Milwaukee Brewers, reached a pre-arbitration deal with Jason Grilli, non-tendered Pedro Ciriaco and Jason Jaramillo, and tendered offers to the rest of the players who were without contracts in 2012. In the biggest move of the day, the Pirates traded Jose Veras to the Milwaukee Brewers for Casey McGehee.  I projected Veras as a...

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Winter Leagues 12/11 — A Start For Martis, Hits For Navarro

Sunday’s winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Cardenales de Lara  5,  Tiburones de La Guaira  2 Shairon Martis made the start for Los Tiburones, going 5.1 innings, but he was not involved in the decision.  Martis allowed just one run over the first 5 innings, with a solo homer to lead off the 2nd inning.  He scattered a double and three singles over those innings, and in both the...

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Winter Leagues 12/10 — Big Night For Marte and Gimenez

Checking in with Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action….The Puero Rican League has the weekend off.   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tiburones de La Guaira  8,  Leones del Caracas  2 Six runs in the top of the 7th inning gave Los Tiburones the win.  Armando Galarraga made the start for Los Leones, and allowed only one run on 3 hits in 5.2 innings.  Galarraga got two outs and surrendered a walk in the 6th, then was...

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Winter Leagues 12/8 – Brown Homers; Five Hits For Anderson

A bit of winter league action for Pirates’ players and friends for Thursday… The Puerto Rican League has no games scheduled.   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Toros del Este  9,  Estrellas de Oriente  2 C Dusty Brown was responsible for all both of Los Estrellas’ runs, when he blasted a 2-run homer in the 5th inning.  LF Jake Fox singled for Los Estrellas but did not score.  Los Toros scored early and often, including a pair...

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Winter Leagues 12/7 — RBIs For Ciriaco, Gonzalez, And Anderson

Pirates’ players and friends in Wednesday’s winter league action:   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Criollos de Caguas  6,  Leones de Ponce  2 SS Benji Gonzalez doubled with two out and one on in the 4th inning for Los Leones, and a subsequent RBI single accounted for all of Los Leones’ runs.  Los  Criollos had scored on a pair of doubles in the 2nd inning and a triple by former Indy Indian SS Luis Figueroa, followed by a...

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