2010 Trade Deadline Recap

The 2010 trade deadline was kind of surreal.  In previous years, I would check MLB Trade Rumors several times a day, always trying to keep up with the latest rumors on where Pittsburgh Pirates players could end up.  This year there was very little trade talk, to the point where I went days without even going to the site at all.  Part of that was because the Pirates had traded so much away last year, but another part was that they...

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Pirates to call up Argenis Diaz and Jeff Clement

According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pittsburgh Pirates are set to call up infielders Argenis Diaz and Jeff Clement from AAA.  This is very interesting, as it indicates a potentially big trade in the works.  Langosch mentions that the move could be related to the Chris Snyder trade, as the Pirates will be acquiring Snyder once MLB approves how much money Arizona is sending to Pittsburgh in the deal. Snyder will take one roster spot,...

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Brandon Moss Deserves Another Shot

There’s no question that Brandon Moss played his way out of Pittsburgh in 2009.  After being acquired as one of the pieces in the Jason Bay trade, Moss was given plenty of playing time in 2009 as the starting right fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  In that time he only managed a .236/.304/.364 line with seven homers in 385 at-bats.  Moss displayed great defense from right field, with a 9.7 UZR/150, although without the...

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Why John Russell Shouldn't Be Fired

As you may already know, I don’t believe that a baseball manager has a significant impact on a baseball team.  I feel that the most important thing is talent, and that “good managers” are usually managers who have been blessed with good players.  Too often a manager is fired as a scapegoat.  When the whole team is playing horrible ball over an extended period, it’s easier to fire the manager and...

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Notes: Milledge, Church, Russell, Kratz, Heredia, Penn, Moreno

Catching up on the weekend notes… -The platoon is over between Lastings Milledge and Ryan Church.  I posted about a week ago that Church shouldn’t be stealing playing time from Milledge.  I’m glad to see that platoon is over. -Also in that link above, Tony Sanchez could return this season, but no more than a week or two, and Jeff Inman has been shut down with elbow discomfort. -The heat is on John Russell....

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