Alleghenys Strike Gold

The following is from Pirates Prospects contributor John Dreker, as part of his ongoing Pirates History feature. The feature focuses on the history of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and every Sunday, John will take a look at a different piece of that history. This week John looks at one of the best purchases the Pirates have ever made. As I mentioned in my last article, I’d cover the purchase of Jake Beckley and Harry Staley in this...

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Pirates Have Some Interest in Armando Galarraga

Last week the Detroit Tigers designated right handed starter Armando Galarraga for assignment, only days after signing him to a one year, $2.3 M deal.  Detroit is currently engaging in trade talks for the right hander, and a deal is “likely”, according to Detroit GM Dave Dombrowski. Rob Biertempfel mentions that the Pirates have some interest in Galarraga, and speculates that they have money to spend to acquire Galarraga,...

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A Loan That’s Not a Loan

In all the furor over the Pirates’ leaked financial records, one aspect that’s enraged some Pirate fans yet received little attention outside Pittsburgh was the loan by the Nutting family to the Pirates.  The transaction wasn’t actually a loan, not in any conventional sense at least.  It was really a loan with an option to convert to equity, but it’s easiest to call it a loan.  Whatever the best name for the transaction may be,...

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2009 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster and Payroll

NOTES: 1. All salaries in bold are official.2. All ages are as of the start of the 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates season.3. The 2009 payroll estimate includes a $1 M buyout for Matt Morris.4. Donald Veal is a Rule 5 pick from the Cubs. In order to make the team, he has to remain on the major league roster all season. If the Pirates decide at any point not to keep him on the major league roster, he must be offered back to the Cubs for...

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2009 Pittsburgh Pirates Top Prospects Consensus

NOTES: 1. To get the averages, I counted every site once. The exceptions were Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, and Minor League Ball. Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus received more weight, while Minor League Ball received half a point.2. I counted Minor League Ball half in part due to the extremely low ranking of Brad Lincoln, but also due to this comment on their site: “As usual, don’t sweat so much about where...

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