Tag: Spring Training

2011 Spring Training Battles: Bench

Every year the battles in Spring Training are pretty much limited to the same three areas: the 5th starter role, the bullpen, and the bench.  It only makes sense that this would be the case.  These are the least important spots on the team.  You don’t want to decide the important spots based on a […]
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2011 Spring Training Battles: Bullpen

Yesterday I reviewed the battle for the fifth starter spot, noting that I saw it as a battle between Charlie Morton and Scott Olsen.  As reader “BLZR” pointed out in the comments, that’s pretty much the approach the Pirates will be taking this Spring, according to pitching coach Ray Searage.  My guess is that the […]
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2011 Spring Training Battles: 5th Starter Spot

It seems strange to start an article about the 5th starter battle with this statement, but here goes: far too much is made about the 5th starter out of Spring Training. For one, how many teams use just five starters in a season?  Last year the Pirates had seven starters making ten starts or more, […]
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Submit Your Chat Questions

Next week I will be holding a live chat, talking about the Pirates Prospects 2011 Prospect Guide, the top 10 prospects in the system, and other Spring Training notes.  The chat will take place on Tuesday, February 15th, at 2:00 PM EST.  You can submit your early questions below, and join in for the chat […]
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Oakland Signs Andy LaRoche

Andy LaRoche has found a new home, signing a minor league deal today with the Oakland Athletics.  LaRoche will receive an invite to Spring Training.  The addition for Oakland isn’t a surprise.  A year ago we heard rumors that Oakland tried to trade for LaRoche, only for the Pirates to ask for pitcher Gio Gonzalez […]
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Pirates Invite Five to Spring Training

According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates have invited five more players to Spring Training.  The new non-roster invitees are catchers Tony Sanchez and Eric Fryer, infielders Chase D’Arnaud and Brian Friday, and outfielder Andrew Lambo.  Friday is the only one of the group that I think has any shot of making the team, although […]
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Spring Training Tracker

Spring Training doesn’t start until the middle of February, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are already getting their roster ready with minor league contracts and non-roster invitees.  The tracker below can be used to keep tabs on which players have received invites to Spring Training, and the chances each player has of making the Opening Day […]
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