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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Potential Off-Season Targets: Starting Pitchers

Last week I reviewed the off-season needs for the Pirates, noting that the team could use at least one starting pitcher among their needs on the external market.  Yesterday I looked over the future payroll commitments to see what the Pirates could afford to spend on any external additions.  The result was that the Pirates can afford to spend $8-10 M on two different players, without going over $50 M in payroll over the next few...

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The starting pitching market isn't hurting

Someday in the future when I have kids I’m going to focus on teaching them one thing: the art of pitching.  Forget riding bikes, homework, and how to mow the yard (well, maybe not that last part, I’m fine with them taking over those duties), they need to become pitchers.  I’ll stress that because it seems like the starting pitching market is recession proof. Coming in to the off-season we heard a lot of...

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Looking at the free agent market

The past two years the Pittsburgh Pirates have done very little to make any changes in the off-season through the free agent market. Last year we saw them unsuccessfully try to sign Daniel Cabrera, Rocco Baldelli, and Derrick Turnbow, although in hindsight, none of those deals looked to be any good (actually, they didn’t look astounding at the time either). Cabrera had a 6.00 ERA and a 1.98 WHIP on the season, thanks to a 7.4...

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Harden Holds Back Bucs

This offense is likely to drive one to drink. Maybe not this one, but someone out there. Rich Harden gave up nine hits and one walk in seven innings, but the Pirates collected just one run off him. Harden started off strong, limiting the Pirates to just two base runners over the first four innings. However, the Pirates scored once in the fifth (despite four hits), had two hits in the sixth and two more hits in the seventh. But...

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