Carpenter Masterful as Cards Earn a Split

Chris Carpenter tossed 6-2/3 innings of no hit baseball to help St. Louis split the first four games of the 2009 season. Carpenter picked up his first win since 2006 for his effort.   The Pirates scratched out a run off of Carpenter thanks to a walk, two fielder’s choices and an error by Albert Pujols. It didn’t hold up. Ross Ohlendorf was very effective. He didn’t allow a run through six innings, having allowed...

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Pirates cut eight, roster almost set

The Pirates cut eight players today, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the PPG. Those eight players were Virgil Vasquez, Chris Bootcheck, Denny Bautista, Jason Davis, Jeff Salazar, Garrett Jones, Andy Phillips, and Erik Kratz. The Spring Training roster is currently at 27 players, although Phil Dumatrait will start the season on the DL, which is why the Spring Training tracker shows 26 players remaining. The notables about today’s...

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Ohman spells the end to one pitcher

The Pirates have increased their pursuit of left handed reliever Will Ohman, according to DK at the PBC Blog, by offering Ohman an offer with an option year attached. Ohman has been looking for something in the $2 M range, which is still in the budget for the Pirates this season according to the 2009 payroll projection. About a month ago I wrote about the Pirates initial interest in Ohman, questioning if he was better than Grabow. A...

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Spring Training Battles: Bullpen

The bullpen is an area that Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington doesn’t like to spend a lot of money on. I’m in agreement with this strategy. All it takes is a quick look to the 2008 Milwaukee bullpen to see that spending money doesn’t equal success. The Brewers spent almost $26 M on the following bullpen arms last season: Eric Gagne, Guillermo Mota, David Riske, Brian Shouse, Salomon Torres, and David Turnbow. Of that...

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Pittsburgh Pirates Draft History: 2000

BOLD = Pirates didn’t sign player. Sean Burnett received a $1,650,000 signing bonus. Jason Sharber received a $500,000 signing bonus. The Chris Young in this draft is the pitcher for the San Diego Padres. He was traded by Dave Littlefield for Matt Herges. Herges was cut before the season...

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