Pirates cut three more, including Walker

The Pirates made three more cuts today, sending third baseman Neil Walker, and pitchers Brian Slocum and David Davidson to minor league camp. Walker will report to AAA, where he hit for a .242/.278/.414 line last season with a 31.56 AB/HR ratio. The Spring Training tracker has been updated, and there are 40 players remaining in camp. Once again, no surprises, as LaRoche was expected to be given the first shot at the starting third...

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Spring Training Battles: Starting Rotation

Last year the downfall of the Pirates was the starting rotation, which led the Pirates to the worst ERA in the NL, and the 28th ranked ERA in the majors. The starting pitchers racked up a 33-67 record, with a 5.36 ERA in their 162 starts. Ian Snell and Tom Gorzelanny were the two biggest disappointments. I’d say Matt Morris was a big disappointment, but I don’t think anyone was expecting much from him, despite the $10 M...

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Pirates cut eight players

The Pirates cut eight players from their major league camp today, most notably Pedro Alvarez and Daniel McCutchen. Here is a list of the players who were cut, and their assignments: -Pedro Alvarez-Jimmy Barthmaier-Jeff Sues-Ronald Uviedo-Steven Lerud-Juan Mateo-Daniel McCutchen-Shelby Ford Alvarez and Uviedo will start the season in Lynchburg, Sues and Lerud will start in Altoona, and the remaining players will most likely start in...

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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 Spring Training Tracker

UPDATE 4/3/09: Sean Burnett, Donald Veal, Craig Hansen, and Jesse Chavez win the final spots.UPDATE 4/1/09: The Pirates cut eight players. The only spots not finalized are the bullpen spots. I still think Sean Burnett is a lock, but there is the possibility that he could be traded.UPDATE 3/30/09: The Pirates cut Andrew McCutchen and Brian Bixler. Luis Cruz upgraded to probable.Update 3/28/09: The Pirates cut Steve Pearce, Robinzon...

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