Perry Hill not returning

According to Chuck Finder on the PBC Blog, Perry Hill won’t be returning to the Pittsburgh Pirates next season. The loss of Hill could be bigger than the loss of any player the Pirates have traded away the last two seasons. Hill is an excellent infield defensive coach, and his impact has been clear this off-season. Take Andy LaRoche, for example. LaRoche looked horrible on defense last year, and had a -0.1 UZR in his 502.1...

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Positional Breakdowns: Shortstop

Throughout all of the turnover in the last eight years, one thing has been constant with the Pirates: Jack Wilson has been their shortstop. Wilson has stuck around since joining the team at the start of the decade. He’s the only player in recent years who remained with the Pirates in to his free agent eligible years. He was the focus of countless trade rumors the last few seasons. Now that Wilson is gone, the Pirates are faced...

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Looking back at the Jack Wilson Trade

The past several trade deadlines have played out like the movie “Groundhog Day”. It seems every morning we woke up to the same song, but instead of “I Got You Babe” it was “New Jack Wilson Rumor”. After waking up to that same song over and over we all started to realize how things were going to play out. The interested team liked Wilson, but not enough to meet the Pirates’ price. When the...

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What does Perry Hill want?

The more I think about the Perry Hill situation, the more I think it might just be about money. It’s the only thing that really makes sense. There has been talk about Hill’s reaction to the trades. Dejan Kovacevic reported the following yesterday: Plain and simple, it is that management had assured him upon signing up late in 2008 that there would be no massive rebuilding, that the infielders with whom he would work would...

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Improvement Since the Trades

The Ryan Doumit situation has brought up a lot of speculation, with the biggest theories suggesting that the starting catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates is disgruntled over the trades that have been made this season. Personally I don’t want to speculate on what the disagreement between John Russell and Doumit was. However, that won’t stop me from looking at whether or not there is any reason to be disgruntled over the...

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