2010 Venezuelan Winter League Stats

The 2010 Venezuelan Winter League runs from October 12, 2010 to December 30, 2010, with the playoffs starting on January 2nd, 2011.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have the following players participating this year: Gabriel Alvarado Jose Ascanio Luis Campos Ronny Cedeno Adenson Chourio Anthony Claggett Sean Gallagher Wilfredo Ledezma Diego Moreno Fernando Nieve Jhonathan Ramos Jose Tabata Justin Thomas Here are the 2010 stats, updated weekly...

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Who Should Be Tendered A Contract?

One of the biggest topics heading in to the off-season will be the roster crunch.  The big focus here is who the Pittsburgh Pirates will protect from the list of players who will be eligible for the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  However, the roster crunch also includes players who are eligible for arbitration. Arbitration is a funny thing.  If a player in his 0-3 years isn’t performing, no one has a problem with cutting him loose.  When...

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Candidates To Be Removed From 40-Man Roster

This off-season the Pirates will probably face a much tougher set of roster decisions than they have in years.  Several factors are coming together to create a lot of those decisions.  The team has spent a couple years now accumulating players, very few of whom have established themselves as solid major leaguers.  Many of the players who were acquired as major leaguers, or near-ready major leaguers, are out of options.  Many of the...

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2010 Trade Deadline Recap

The 2010 trade deadline was kind of surreal.  In previous years, I would check MLB Trade Rumors several times a day, always trying to keep up with the latest rumors on where Pittsburgh Pirates players could end up.  This year there was very little trade talk, to the point where I went days without even going to the site at all.  Part of that was because the Pirates had traded so much away last year, but another part was that they...

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Trade Rumors: Garrett Jones, Javier Lopez, Zach Duke, Octavio Dotel

Three days away from the July 31st trade deadline and we’ve got some rumors… -The big rumor from Ed Price involves Garrett Jones and the Anaheim Angels.  Price mentions that the Angels inquired on Jones, but balked at the Pittsburgh asking price of Maicer Izturis.  Izturis wouldn’t be a horrible return for Jones.  Izturis is about a year older than Jones, has a career 4.1 UZR/150 at the shortstop position, and has...

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