2010 Position Recap: Catcher

In 2008, Ryan Doumit had a breakout season as the Pittsburgh Pirates catcher.  Doumit posted a .318/.357/.501 line with 15 homers in 431 at-bats, making him one of the most productive catchers in the league on offense.  Following the 2008 season, the Pirates signed Doumit to an extension, locking him up through his arbitration years (2009-2011), and giving the Pirates options on what would be his first two free agent years...

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Candidates To Be Removed From 40-Man Roster

This off-season the Pirates will probably face a much tougher set of roster decisions than they have in years.  Several factors are coming together to create a lot of those decisions.  The team has spent a couple years now accumulating players, very few of whom have established themselves as solid major leaguers.  Many of the players who were acquired as major leaguers, or near-ready major leaguers, are out of options.  Many of the...

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Doumit returns from DL

The Pirates activated Ryan Doumit from the disabled list today. Erik Kratz was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis to make room for him on the roster.

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Ryan Doumit activated, Erik Kratz demoted

The Pittsburgh Pirates activated Ryan Doumit from the 15-day disabled list today, and demoted Erik Kratz to make room for Doumit on the 25-man roster.  The move is somewhat surprising, as Kratz was the backup catcher to Chris Snyder, and the Pirates have said they want to get Doumit a lot of playing time, working out of right field, first base, and catching. The only other option to be demoted was Jeff Clement, who has gone 3-for-6...

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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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