All posts tagged "Spring Training"

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    2011 Spring Training Battles: Bench

    Every year the battles in Spring Training are pretty much limited to the same three areas: the 5th starter role, the bullpen, and the bench.  It only makes sense that this would be the case.  These are the least important spots on the team.  You don't want to decide the important spots...

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    2011 Spring Training Battles: Bullpen

    Hanrahan could be announced as the closer this week. Yesterday I reviewed the battle for the fifth starter spot, noting that I saw it as a battle between Charlie Morton and Scott Olsen.  As reader "BLZR" pointed out in the comments, that's pretty much the approach the Pirates will be taking this...

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    2011 Spring Training Battles: 5th Starter Spot

    Morton is one of the front runners in the battle for the 5th starter role out of Spring Training. It seems strange to start an article about the 5th starter battle with this statement, but here goes: far too much is made about the 5th starter out of Spring Training. For one,...

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    Submit Your Chat Questions

    Next week I will be holding a live chat, talking about the Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide, the top 10 prospects in the system, and other Spring Training notes.  The chat will take place on Tuesday, February 15th, at 2:00 PM EST.  You can submit your early questions below, and join in...

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    Oakland Signs Andy LaRoche

    LaRoche signed with the Oakland Athletics. Andy LaRoche has found a new home, signing a minor league deal today with the Oakland Athletics.  LaRoche will receive an invite to Spring Training.  The addition for Oakland isn't a surprise.  A year ago we heard rumors that Oakland tried to trade for LaRoche, only...

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    Pirates Invite Five to Spring Training

    Sanchez is one of the recent non-roster invitees for Spring Training. According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates have invited five more players to Spring Training.  The new non-roster invitees are catchers Tony Sanchez and Eric Fryer, infielders Chase D'Arnaud and Brian Friday, and outfielder Andrew Lambo.  Friday is the only one...

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    Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Spring Training Tracker

    Spring Training doesn't start until the middle of February, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are already getting their roster ready with minor league contracts and non-roster invitees.  The tracker below can be used to keep tabs on which players have received invites to Spring Training, and the chances each player has of making...

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