First Pitch: Why Do Bad Pirates Hitters Become All-Stars Elsewhere?

The Pirates have been frustrating lately. The offense has struggled, losing a lot of close games, and failing to come up with runs in situations where at least one run should be expected. What might be even more frustrating is looking around the league and seeing former Pirates having success at the plate, despite struggling in Pittsburgh similar to the way the Pirates are struggling right now. Consider these four players, who all...

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Padres Might Take Cash For Ludwick

Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune held a chat today (h/t MLBTR), and a question was brought up about the San Diego Padres’ return for Ryan Ludwick. The Pittsburgh Pirates received Ludwick for a player to be named later back in July, although the player has yet to be named. Center reports that he is hearing the Padres could opt for cash considerations in the deal. Center also mentions that the Padres might be looking at...

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Ryan Ludwick Trade Could Be Finalized Today

There have been a lot of questions about who the Pittsburgh Pirates sent to the San Diego Padres as the player to be named later in the Ryan Ludwick trade. The Padres haven’t picked a player yet, but they still have time to make a decision. The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the Padres will have their PTBNL questions cleared up after the Rule 5 draft, getting picks from the Cubs and Pirates. The fact that the Padres are...

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Pirates Offer Arbitration to Derrek Lee

The Pittsburgh Pirates have offered arbitration to free agent first baseman Derrek Lee, and have declined arbitration offers to catcher Chris Snyder and outfielder Ryan Ludwick. If Lee accepts arbitration, the Pirates will have him under contract for the 2012 season, with his arbitration price likely being a raise over his $8.5 M total compensation in 2011.  If he declines, the Pirates will get a first round compensation pick in the...

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Deadline For Arbitration to Ranked Free Agents Is Today

The new collective bargaining agreement will eliminate Type A and Type B free agents next year.  Fortunately for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the system is still in place this year, as they have four Type B free agents, with the potential to get a few first round compensation picks in the 2012 MLB draft. In order to get a pick, the Pirates must offer arbitration to their ranked free agents by the end of the day today.  If the player...

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