The Pirates Could Be Active on the Trade Market in the Next Week
Mar25

The Pirates Could Be Active on the Trade Market in the Next Week

The Pittsburgh Pirates made a big wave of cuts today, putting the Spring Training roster at 31 players. That includes Chris Stewart, who is projected to start the season on the disabled list. That leaves five more cuts remaining before Opening Day. Neal Huntington said today that the team could make the final cuts in Philadelphia over the weekend. “As hard as our decisions were last night and at the end of today, we’ve...

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First Pitch: Which Reliever Should Be the Odd Man Out?
Mar21

First Pitch: Which Reliever Should Be the Odd Man Out?

I’ve written about how the Pittsburgh Pirates have eight relievers for seven bullpen spots. They have a little over one week remaining, and as long as everyone stays healthy, they’ll have a tough decision to make. Earlier this week, we heard that the Pirates were listening on Vin Mazzaro. Today there were two more rumors talking about relievers other than Mazzaro. Ken Davidoff reports that two industry sources say that the...

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Spring Training Notes: Locke, d’Arnaud, Polanco, Garcia, Grilli
Mar16

Spring Training Notes: Locke, d’Arnaud, Polanco, Garcia, Grilli

Here are some Spring Training notes for your Sunday afternoon. **Jeff Locke has been recovering from an oblique injury, and threw a bullpen yesterday. Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington talked about Locke’s injury and how he needs to get built up for the majors. “Jeff’s healthy, and now we’ve got to get him built up,” Huntington said. “The clock becomes your enemy when you become a...

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A Trade Seems Likely in the Next Two Weeks to Settle the Bullpen
Mar16

A Trade Seems Likely in the Next Two Weeks to Settle the Bullpen

As it stands right now, the Pittsburgh Pirates have eight contenders for seven bullpen spots. Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, and Justin Wilson are locks for the bullpen due to their performances in 2013. That leaves four more players for three spots. Complicating the matter is that those four players — Jeanmar Gomez, Vin Mazzaro, Bryan Morris, and Stolmy Pimentel — are all out of options. All four bring a lot to...

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Spring Training Notes: Stolmy Pimentel and Tony Sanchez Impress
Feb25

Spring Training Notes: Stolmy Pimentel and Tony Sanchez Impress

  It was during the Black and Gold game last year that I first saw Stolmy Pimentel. The right-hander was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in December 2012, and pitched in relief in the intrasquad game to kick off the Spring Training schedule. I was impressed with Pimentel at the time, and I wasn’t the only one. Last week I wrote about Pimentel, and included Ray Searage’s reaction to that game, when he first noticed...

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