Game 9: Wigginton Haunts Old Team in 8th

Ty Wigginton is the answer to a pretty good trivia question: Who is the player the Pirates acquired for Kris Benson while apparently passing on Ryan Howard? Pittsburgh also got Jose Bautista in that deal. Both players went on to much greater success while wearing other team’s laundry. It was Wigginton who beat up on his old team tonight. With the score knotted at three in the eighth, Wiggy batted with the bases loaded and two...

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Ohlendorf to the DL, Daniel McCutchen Recalled

The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed Ross Ohlendorf on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain, and have recalled right handed pitcher Daniel McCutchen from Indianapolis.  My guess is that Jeff Karstens will take Ohlendorf’s place in the starting rotation while he is out, with McCutchen taking over as the long man in the bullpen. The 40-man roster and payroll page is updated with the set of moves.  The 25-man roster has...

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Early Look at the 2012 Payroll

Earlier this week the 2011 40-man roster and payroll page was updated, giving the estimated payroll for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2011, based off of the Opening Day roster.  A lot can, and will, change between now and the end of the 2011 regular season, so that payroll figure is far from complete.  Today, I updated the future payroll commitments chart, with the salaries, years of control, and arbitration years for the 2012-2015...

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The Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Trade Market

This is part two of a three part 2011 season preview.  The other two parts are below: 1. 19 Things to Watch For in 2011 2. The Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Trade Market 3. Ten Pirates Prospects Who Could Make An Impact In 2011 The Pirates have been no strangers to trades over the last few years.  In 2008 and 2009 they blew the team up, trading almost every player off the 25-man roster.  In 2010 the trades weren’t as extreme, although...

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Ross Ohlendorf’s Struggles Are Nothing New

Stop me if you’ve heard this story before.  The Pirates have a pitcher.  This pitcher puts up a great performance one year, breaking out as a surprise contributor for the rotation.  But the surprise breakout performance is a one time thing.  The following year the pitcher struggles.  The year after that there is hope that the pitcher can rebound to that one good season that put him on the map.  Soon enough, we realize that the...

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