Tag: Mark Melancon

A History of Pirates’ Payroll Change at the Trade Deadline

Leading up to the Trade Deadline, the hope of many fans wanting to see the Pirates buying from just a few weeks ago had been replaced with sadness and despair due to the team’s recent swoon. Instead of hoping to pick up a piece or two at the deadline, now all fans could do was […]
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Williams: How Soon Before Free Agency Do the Pirates Normally Trade...

Small market teams have to deal with harsh realities sometimes. One of the biggest of those harsh realities is that they won’t be able to afford certain players when they reach free agency. They also must get most of their talent from the farm system, as a small market team can’t afford to build a […]
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First Pitch: Pirates Need to Find the Next Mark Melancon This...

Last week I recapped the 2016 season for the pitching staff, along with a look ahead to 2017 and beyond. The Pirates could use upgrades in both the starting rotation and the bullpen. There are some free agent options available for the starters, but not many, and no standout options. There could be some trade […]
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2016 Bullpen Recap: Tony Watson Was a Microcosm of the Pirates’...

The bullpen was a huge strength for the Pirates during the 2015 season. They finished second in the NL in fWAR, first in ERA, fourth in xFIP, and first in WPA, while having the most shutdowns and the second fewest meltdowns. During the off-season last year, it looked like they might start to dismantle that […]
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First Pitch: Why the Pirates Bullpen Might Be Better After the...

The Pirates traded Mark Melancon today in a deal that was largely about getting future value for a guy who would be leaving after the season. It was also a move that was made to help them continue to contend this year. But the bullpen took a short-term decline in exchange for an upgrade beyond […]
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Neal Huntington Discusses the Mark Melancon Trade

The Pirates made their first trade around the deadline today, dealing Mark Melancon to the Washington Nationals for left-handed reliever Felipe Rivero, and left-handed starting pitching prospect Taylor Hearn. After the trade, Neal Huntington met with the media via conference call, discussing the many aspects of the deal. He started by talking about what a difficult […]
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Pirates Trade Mark Melancon to Nationals

Yesterday we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were getting interest on Mark Melancon, with the Nationals, Indians, and Giants as teams who were pursuing him. What we didn’t hear was whether the Pirates were actually interested in dealing Melancon. Today, Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates would consider Melancon, but only if they got an […]
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Multiple Teams Reportedly Pursuing Mark Melancon

The trade deadline rumors will be heating up this weekend, and already today there has been a big trade, with Andrew Cashner going to Miami. The first big Pirates rumor was a bit surprising, in that it didn’t involve the Pirates looking at a player, but other teams looking at Mark Melancon, per Ken Rosenthal. […]
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Pirates Notes: Andrew McCutchen Will Get a Much Needed Break This...

PITTSBURGH — For the first time in six years, Andrew McCutchen will get a break. The Pirates outfielder has been an All-Star selection for five consecutive years, but after a lukewarm first half, he’ll get to spend four days away from the ballpark midseason, something that he will relish almost as much. “I’m overly excited […]
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Giles: The Pirates’ Bullpen Is Helping Guide Their Recent Success

The Pirates have had some sustained success over the last two weeks. It started with the series against the Los Angeles Dodgers last month, and included six come-from-behind wins during a seven game winning streak that ended Thursday afternoon. While several of the position players have certainly carried their weight in the last two weeks, the […]
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