How Much Bargaining Power Does James Loney Have?
Dec12

How Much Bargaining Power Does James Loney Have?

Yesterday the Seattle Mariners added Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, then claimed they would use both first base options in the outfield. That removed two first base options from the market, leaving the Pirates, Brewers, and the Rays to decide between James Loney, Ike Davis, and Mitch Moreland. Loney has been asking for three years and $27-30 M total. It would seem that he now has a ton of leverage to get such a deal. However, none of...

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First Pitch: The Rays are the Model Team and Haven’t Won a World Series
Oct23

First Pitch: The Rays are the Model Team and Haven’t Won a World Series

What Would the Rays Do? If you’ve read this site long enough, you will have seen that phrase from me. And by “long enough”, I mean “for at least a week”. The Rays are the model organization for any small market team. They’ve found a way to win with a much smaller payroll, in the biggest spending division in baseball, while also removing the word “window” from their vocabulary....

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Hunter Pence and the 2008 Rays

Remember back before the 2011 season started, when the Pittsburgh Pirates were coming off a 57-105 season, easily making them the worst team in the majors?  Remember when the debate was “will they lose 100 games again in 2011″?  Remember when the only sign of hope was “the 2008 Rays went from worst to first”. Now the Pirates sit in sole possession of first place in the NL Central.  The debate is “who...

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The More Important Topic That Coonelly Discussed

A week ago we posted our interview with Frank Coonelly, discussing a wide variety of topics relating to the Pittsburgh Pirates.  However, it seems that only one topic received attention, and it wasn’t even one of the interesting topics. The discussion about payroll and attendance has been repeated many times.  The comments made by Coonelly weren’t new.  They’re also not anything shocking.  As I pointed out last week,...

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Ryan Beckman On Today’s Game

During today’s Pirates spring opener versus the Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Kevin Correia wasn’t able to complete his schedule two innings due to reaching his pitch count. Prior to the game, Joe Beimel, who was scheduled to make his spring debut, felt some soreness in his left elbow so he was scratched and he is currently listed as day-to-day. Those two incidents led to Ryan Beckman coming out of the bullpen in the...

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