When It Makes Sense to Give Up a Draft Pick

In 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates had the 52nd pick in the draft, picking second overall in the second round.  Heading in to the draft, not much was expected from the pick.  They ended up drafting and signing Stetson Allie, who entered the draft as a top 10-15 prospect. In 2011 the Pirates had the 61st overall pick in the draft, picking first in the second round.  Once again, not much was expected prior to the draft.  However, on draft...

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Sports Illustrated: Best Free Agent Fits For Pirates

Yesterday we saw MLB Trade Rumors list their top 50 free agents, with predictions that the Pittsburgh Pirates would sign Carlos Pena, Ramon Hernandez, and Jeff Francis.  Today, Sports Illustrated released a list of their top 50 free agents, noting the best fit for each player.  They listed two players as “best fits” for the Pirates. The first player was Ramon Hernandez, who they had ranked 39th.  They also had Rich Harden...

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MLBTR Predicts a Busy Off-Season For Pirates

Every year, MLB Trade Rumors releases their top 50 free agents, along with predictions on which player will sign with which team.  The predictions are what they are: one person’s guess on how the off-season will play out.  They’re far from perfect, but they do provide a nice topic for discussion.  This year’s list has been released, and the predictions by Tim Dierkes suggest a busy off-season for the Pittsburgh...

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2012 Free Agent Options: Catcher

Earlier today I reviewed the 2011 catching position for the Pittsburgh Pirates, with a look towards the 2012 season.  The Pirates will enter the off-season looking for a starting catcher, as they currently have no one under contract for the job in 2012.  Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder both have options, although each option is far too expensive when you consider the time missed by each player due to injuries over the last few years....

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