2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Winter Meetings Preview

The 2010 MLB Winter Meetings kick off tomorrow, and run through Thursday afternoon, finishing off with the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  Leading up to the meetings, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been linked to a lot of free agents, but have yet to make a move, outside of letting a few players from the 2010 roster go.  The main areas of focus for the Pirates have been the starting rotation, a first baseman/right fielder, and a shortstop.  The...

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2010 Rule 5 Options: Aneury Rodriguez

For the second year in a row, the Tampa Bay Rays left Aneury Rodriguez unprotected from the Rule 5 draft.  The Rays originally acquired Rodriguez prior to the 2009 season, in exchange for starting pitcher Jason Hammel.  Rodriguez went to the Rays’ AA affiliate, putting up a 4.50 ERA in 142 innings, with a 7.0 K/9, and a 3.7 BB/9.  The performance wasn’t enough for Rodriguez to be selected in the 2009 Rule 5 draft, which...

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2010 Rule 5 Options: Adam Miller

At one point in time, Adam Miller was one of the top prospects in all of baseball.  A first round pick by the Cleveland Indians in 2003, Miller could get his fastball up to the upper 90s, and rated in the top 50 of Baseball America’s top 100 prospects from 2005-2008, highlighted by a #16 ranking in 2005.  Miller was the 29th best prospect in the game heading in to the 2008 season, and set to return to AAA after 70 combined...

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Louis Coleman and Tim Collins Not Rule 5 Eligible

Louis Coleman and Tim Collins, two relief pitchers for the Kansas City Royals, looked like two of the best options available for the upcoming Rule 5 draft.  The decision for Kansas City to leave both players unprotected was a surprise, considering their results at the AAA level, and the chance that both players could make the majors in 2011.  There’s a good reason they were unprotected: they didn’t need to be protected....

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Who Should the Pirates Take in the Rule 5 Draft?

The 2010 Rule 5 draft will be held on December 9th, on the final day of the Winter Meetings.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have the first pick in the draft, and are almost certain to make a selection.  There is currently no space on the 40-man roster, although teams don’t have to outright a player off the roster until December 6th, giving the Pirates plenty of time to clear a space. I took a look at some of the most intriguing options...

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