WBC Notes: Welch Homers In Opener

The World Baseball Classic began last night and Pittsburgh Pirates minor league third baseman Stefan Welch provided Australia’s only run with a seventh inning solo homer. Australia was shut down for the first six innings by free agent Chein-Ming Wang. Welch finished the day 1-for-3, as Australia dropped their opener 4-1 to Chinese Taipei. Since the initial rosters were announced, both Ivan De Jesus Jr and Russell Martin have...

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Injury Updates: Jeff Karstens, Russell Martin

Clint Hurdle provided some updates on the injuries to Jeff Karstens and Russell Martin after today’s game. Hurdle said that Karstens threw a bullpen of 26 pitches earlier this week, throwing only his fastball and changeup. Tomorrow he will throw a complete bullpen, mixing in his breaking ball. The team will evaluate his status from there. He will need 1-2 live batting practice sessions before he gets in any game action. Karstens...

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WBC Final Rosters Out: De Jesus Withdraws

According to Rob Biertempfel on Twitter, the final rosters have been released for the 2013 World Baseball Classic and the only change among Pittsburgh Pirates players is Ivan De Jesus Jr withdrawing from Team Puerto Rico. Biertempfel says that De Jesus withdrew to stay in camp to compete for a major league job. The final rosters include Jameson Taillon, Russell Martin  and Chris Leroux for Team Canada. Wandy Rodriguez is scheduled to...

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First Pitch: Are the Free Agent Deals Really That Crazy?

We’ve seen some crazy deals this off-season. Angel Pagan received four years and $40 M. Shane Victorino signed today for three years and $39 M. You could even argue that Russell Martin’s two years and $17 M deal seems high. I started looking at the deals that have been signed this year, comparing them to last year. My theory was that this year would produce a higher cost per WAR, all due to the additional revenue that will...

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Pirates Make the Russell Martin Signing Official

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Russell Martin signing official via a team press release. The release includes the following quote from Neal Huntington. “With the signing of Russell Martin, we have acquired a quality defensive catcher who is a disciplined hitter that adds power to our lineup,” said Huntington. “He also brings experience, leadership and a strong desire to compete and win to our organization.” Jon Heyman reported...

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