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PIRATES RUMORS & GOSSIP

Winter Leagues: Two More Leagues Start With a Handful of Pirates on the Rosters

There are two days of winter ball action summarized below. The Australian Baseball League started on Thursday, but there weren’t any Pittsburgh Pirates players in action. So far, only Sam Kennelly and Nick Hutchings are slated to play in Australia. The league in Puerto Rico started Thursday night as well. The rosters that have been announced so far have three Pirates minor league...
Via Pirates Prospects
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Gather Around the Hot Stove Pirates Fans

Now that a new World Series Champion has been crowned we can put the 2014 MLB season in the books and officially begin the Hot Stove season. What is in store for the Pittsburgh Pirates this offseason? Will it be quiet like last year, or does GM Neal Huntington have some surprises up his sleeve? Let’s get started with the questions the Pirates must answer before Spring Training...
Via Hidden Vigorish
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Front-loading Russell Martin’s contract

Yesterday morning I tweeted out the link to my post examining the long-term payroll effects of signing Russell Martin, and within an hour or so two different people (@ASaunders_PSN and @hiddenvigorish) asked me the same question: If the potential exists for Martin’s deal to be a long-term problem with the Pirates’ rising arbitration commitments, why not sign Martin to a front...
Via WHYGAVS?
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Pirates Showed You Don’t Have to Spend Big to Upgrade the Bullpen

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired a lot of bounce back candidates in their bullpen, with a lot of those guys actually bouncing back. That approach led to one of the top bullpens in baseball during the 2013 season. Most of that bullpen was returning in 2014, and the Pirates looked to be in good shape. What led to the success in 2013 was the Pirates going...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Catcher Aging Curves in the Mainstream

Travis Sawchick of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is one of the more analytically oriented mainstream baseball writers you’ll find, so perhaps it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that he penned a terrific piece looking at the Pirates upcoming decision on Russell Martin. Included in that piece is this quote from GM Neil Huntington: “We’re in […]
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates’ payroll and Russell Martin

If we’re being honest, I don’t like to spend a whole ton of time worrying about the Pirates’ payroll. There is, quite simply, nothing I can do about it. The front office has to accept the number ownership gives them and put the best team they can on the field with it, and I’m more interested in how they work around the payroll as a constraint than I am in why the payroll...
Via WHYGAVS?
4 days ago  |  Discuss

AFL: Should Josh Bell’s Lack of Power Worry Pirates Fans?

The Scottsdale Scorpions played Monday afternoon with just one Pittsburgh Pirates player in the starting lineup. Josh Bell got the start at first base, as Scottsdale won 6-2 over Surprise, moving them to 9-9 on the season with 14 games left. Shortly before the game started, Bell was named to the Arizona Fall Leagues Fall-Stars game. Catcher Elias Diaz will also represent the Pirates...
Via Pirates Prospects
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Jordy Mercer and The Late Bloomer Conundrum

In 2014 Jordy Mercer established himself as a viable starting major league shortstop. He earned his first call up in May of 2012 and split duties in 2013 with Clint Barmes, but this past season he became an everyday regular. Mercer got off to a slow start but finished strongly. He posted a triple slash line of .255/.305/.387 in 149 games. Those are decent numbers for a SS. For...
Via Hidden Vigorish
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Pittsburgh gets Justin Sellers from Cleveland

The Pittsburgh Pirates won 88 games in 2014 and secured a wild card playoff spot in the National League. Although their season ended with an 8-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants in the NL Wild Card game, the Pirates have much to look forward to next season. Although 10th in the Major Leagues in runs scored and 8th in ERA, the Pirates are wasting no time this off season making moves...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: John Axford DFA'd

John Axford's long ride back to becoming a major league closer took another turn for the worse as Rob Biertempfel reported that he has been designated for assignment as the team acquired Justin Sellers.#455259736 / gettyimages.com#pirates have DFA'd pitchers Jeanmar Gomez and John Axford.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) October 25, 2014At one point Axford was the...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Francisco Lirian-QO

In roughly two weeks the Pittsburgh Pirates will have to make their first big decisions of the offseason – which pending free agents they should extend a qualifying offer (QO) to. The exact deadline will not be determined until the World Series has ended. Teams have five days after the conclusion of the World Series to make their qualifying offers. The QO this year is $15.3 million...
Via Hidden Vigorish
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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