2009 Pirates are better than 2008 Pirates

At the end of the season last year, after watching the Pirates go 17-37 to finish the final two months of the season, there was little hope in the 2009 team. The Pirates traded their two best hitters of 2008 in Jason Bay and Xavier Nady. Free agency came and went in the coming months, with the only additions being on the bench, and some bullpen depth. It looked as if that 17-37 team was going to be the same team we would see in 2009,...

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Pirates Notebook: Who is the next to go?

I did my write up of the Nate McLouth trade last night. After thinking about it some more I guess my biggest problem is the timing. From what I read in the PPG, Tommy Hanson and Jason Heyward were both untouchable. That’s understandable. Hanson is an ace, and I think Heyward could be another Jason Bay. That being said, I think we could have at least gotten Heyward in a deal for McLouth. The problem I have is the timing. Atlanta...

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2009 Pirates Preview: To trade or not to trade?

Last year the Pirates made two major trades, dealing outfielders Jason Bay and Xavier Nady, plus left handed reliever Damaso Marte, in an attempt to give the farm system a quick boost in the rebuilding process. In return for those deals, the Pirates received eight players. Those eight players include starting third baseman Andy LaRoche, starting right fielder Brandon Moss, number four and five starters Ross Ohlendorf and Jeff...

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The Perfect John Grabow Trade

The writing is on the wall for John Grabow’s future as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Grabow is in his final year of arbitration, making $2.3 M this year, and will most likely be seeking a multi-year contract at that level. The Pirates already have a possible plan in place to replace Grabow with Will Ohman in the event of a trade. The problem with that scenario is that any team wanting to trade for Grabow could easily just...

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Reading Between the Lines: Coonelly Chat

Frank Coonelly did his monthly chat yesterday. While my opinion is that most GMs and CEOs in baseball (Pirates included) won’t come out and say everything in these situations, I believe we can read between the lines in certain cases and take a guess as to what the plan could be. So in an attempt to do that, let’s read between the lines for yesterday’s chat with Coonelly: stwoods53: I think you’re doing a great...

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