Aaron Thompson Video Recap

On December 23rd, the Pittsburgh Pirates claimed left hander Aaron Thompson off of waivers from the Washington Nationals.  Thompson was a first round pick for the Florida Marlins in 2006.  He was acquired by the Nationals in 2009 in exchange for Nick Johnson.  He has made 68 starts at the AA level over the last three seasons, with a 5.01 ERA in 365 innings, with a 6.2 K/9 and a 3.6 BB/9 ratio.  In 2010 he had a 5.80 ERA in 26 starts...

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Adam Dunn, August Waivers, and the 2011 Draft

The Washington Nationals placed Adam Dunn on waivers today, which may sound like big news if you’re unfamiliar with the waiver system in August.  If you are familiar with the August waivers, you know that this is something that isn’t uncommon.  Almost every player gets placed on waivers in August, as the August waiver period is fully revocable.  The Pirates, for example, could place Garrett Jones, Andrew McCutchen, and...

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One Year Ago Today: Morgan/Milledge Trade

One year ago today the Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan in exchange for Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett.  The deal was first rumored four days earlier, when Ed Price reported that the Pirates and Nationals had been in talks over a Morgan/Milledge swap, and that the Pirates wanted Craig Stammen included in the deal.  Following the rumor, a debate started over what was better: talent or a good...

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Bryce, Bryce, Baby

Sorry about that title.  I couldn’t resist. It’s still early in the college season, so early that the major league season hasn’t even started.  However, the top of the draft may be starting to shape up, with 17 year old phenom Bryce Harper looking like the real deal at the College of Southern Nevada.  Harper capped off a double header today with a 7-for-8 line, and two homers, one in each game....

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Pirates need to downplay Bryce Harper

Let me start by saying that there’s no guarantee that the Pittsburgh Pirates get a chance to draft 17 year old phenom Bryce Harper in the 2010 draft.  The Washington Nationals have the first pick, and as we saw with Stephen Strasburg last year, Washington isn’t afraid to pursue a tough negotiation for a player labeled as a rare talent.  However, just because Washington took Strasburg doesn’t guarantee that...

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