Response to the Murray Chass article

The article written by Murray Chass has been floating around the past few days on various sites, receiving mixed reviews. Some Pirates fans, who don’t like the direction the Pirates are going, see the article as validation of their complaints. Other Pirates fans, and some outlets who are neutral (MLB Trade Rumors), have disagreed with the contents of the article. Count me in with the latter. It’s not that I am saying...

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After the Deadline: In the beginning there was Rincon

Ricardo Rincon pitched in just 125 innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates in his career. Despite just two seasons in relief, Rincon arguably contributed more to the Pittsburgh Pirates over the last decade than any player. Rincon was traded after the 1998 season for Brian Giles. Giles played four and a half seasons with the Pirates, hitting no worse than .298 in his time here, with 35-39 homers a season. Giles was traded in 2003 for Jason...

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After the Deadline: A look at the payroll

Since I was gone all last week, providing minimal updates to the site, I spent the last two days updating all of the content in the “Features” section. Now that I have everything updated, I plan on reviewing these updates over the next few days, with dedicated posts for each topic. The first topic is always a favorite amongst Pirates fans: the payroll. After all of the trades, I saw a $31 M number being thrown around. I...

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Could the Pirates make a run at Stephen Strasburg?

I posted a projected 2010 salary yesterday, which changes slightly with the John Grabow/Tom Gorzelanny trade, although not too much since Kevin Hart would just replace Gorzy in the projections. Ultimately, the situation is still the same, with the Pirates projected for a payroll around $25 M, and four spaces on the 25-man roster. From this we can make two assumptions: 1. The Pirates will add a high priced free agent2. The Pirates will...

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Grabow/Gorzelanny Trade Breakdown

The Pirates traded John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny to the Chicago Cubs for three prospects. Here is a breakdown of all of the players involved. The Pirates give… John Grabow: Grabow has been a reliable reliever, and is a free agent after the season. He’s currently eligible for Type A status, which means he’ll fetch two first round comp picks at the end of the season if the Cubs offer him arbitration and he signs...

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