Spring Training Battles: Outfield

The July trades of Jason Bay and Xavier Nady brought eight players in to the fold for the Pirates, including top prospects Jose Tabata and Bryan Morris, but in exchange, left the corner outfield spots open for competition this spring. Going in to the 2009 season, the Pirates have Brandon Moss, Nyjer Morgan, and Steven Pearce competing for the two corner outfield spots, with top prospects Andrew McCutchen and Jose Tabata the eventual...

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Spring Training Battles: Third Base

It’s hard to call the third base position a “battle”, especially since the Pirates have pretty much said that Andy LaRoche will get the first shot over Neil Walker. So there really is not much to talk about, except maybe “are the Pirates making the right call giving LaRoche the first shot?” One could point to the horrible results that LaRoche has shown in the majors thus far (.184/.286/.272 in 316 major...

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Pirates cut four players

DK at the PPG reports that the Pirates have cut four players from the major league Spring Training roster. Those players are: -Reliever Romulo Sanchez (optioned to the minors, he is on his last option year)-Reliever Daniel Haigwood-Catcher Miguel Perez-Shortstop Pedro Lopez The Pirates now have 53 players in camp, and I project in my Spring Training Tracker that they have seven roster spots...

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