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Why Starling Marte might be an MVP candidate

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The World Series Bound Pittsburgh Pirates?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the verge of something special. The Pirates had set the league standard for losing for two straight decades. For 20 straight seasons the Bucs posted a losing record and couldn’t figure out how to compete after three consecutive National League East (remember this is the early 90s and there was no NL Central yet) division titles. Maybe it was letting...
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #7 – Alen Hanson

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
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Five Pirates Make Keith Law’s Top 100 Prospect List

Keith Law released his top 100 prospect list today(subscription required) and the Pittsburgh Pirates have five players on the list. Led by Tyler Glasnow in the 13th spot, he also has Austin Meadows at #32, Jameson Taillon at #36, Josh Bell ranked 60th overall and Alen Hanson takes the 89th spot. Insiders can see the profiles for the top 50 prospects here, and prospects 51-100 here...
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Player Profile #92: Gerrit Cole | SP | PIT

Gerrit Cole was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the number one overall pick in the 2011 draft with the expectation that he could someday become a franchise-changing ace. From 1993 until 2012 the Pirates failed to make the playoffs, and heading into 2013 the postseason drought was a generation long. In 2013, Cole made his Pirates debut and helped to usher in a new era, one that...
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Pirates Sell High on Travis Snider

Maximizing value is the key to success for any resource starved low revenue major league baseball team. Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington has a fairly strong track record when it comes to buying low on talent. His eye for finding undervalued assets is one of the biggest reasons the Pirates have turned into a contender after so many years of being a laughingstock...
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Travis Snider And His Lunchbox Shipped To Baltimore

The Pittsburgh Pirates traded outfielder Travis Snider to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for pitcher Stephen Tarpley and a player to be named later. Snider is no stranger to the AL East beginning his MLB career north of the border with the Toronto Blue Jays. The former 1st round pick struggled to find consistency with the Blue Jays and was eventually dealt to the Pirates before...
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Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Top Prospects: #8 – Mitch Keller

The Pirates Prospects 2015 Prospect Guide is now on sale. The book features prospect reports on everyone in the system, the 2015 top 50 prospects, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find. While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top 20 prospects over the next few weeks. Be sure to purchase your copy...
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Pirates send Travis Snider to the Orioles for Steven Tarpley

The Pirates and Orioles agreed on a trade to send Travis Snider to Baltimore tonight in exchange for minor league lefty Steven Tarpley and a player to be named later. On its face, this seems like a bit of a strange move for a contender to make: even if you assume that Gregory Polanco was going to start in right field over Snider (he was), Snider is a relatively cheap, relatively...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Travis Snider traded to Orioles

The Pirates sent Travis Snider to Baltimore in exchange for pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley and another player to be named later on Tuesday night.  Just when it was looking like the Bucs were done making moves for the winter, Neal Huntington struck again…although this one is a bit of a head scratcher so far. Although there hadn’t been any rumors leading up to this, it shouldn’t...
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Passan: Snider deal ‘believed to be done’

Source: Travis Snider deal to Baltimore believed to be done. Class A pitcher Stephen Tarpley one of the prospects going to the Pirates. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 28, 2015
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Can Kang bring a bang to the Pittsburgh Pirates lineup?

Earlier this off-season, the Pittsburgh Pirates made headlines by winning the bidding rights to Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang in somewhat of a stunning move. Kang who played for the Nexen Heroes in the Korean league destroyed competition this past season. In 116 games he hit 40 home-runs with 117 runs batted in, while posting an impressive .356 batting average. While those numbers...
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Josh Harrison < 500

Josh Harrison is why we watch sports. In June of 2013, I saw him playing in a Triple-A game in Durham. He played well enough that I came back from the game thinking to myself, “Yeah, I think he’s probably ready to take Brandon Inge’s spot as a utility player.” In early July of 2014, he was a Swiss-Army knife All-Star. The selection was objectively a bit undeserved because...
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Player Profile #109: Josh Harrison | 2B/3B/OF | PIT

At this time last year, FanGraphs was unrolling 2014 ZiPS projections, and Josh Harrison’s name was hard to find. A little Ctrl+F action shows no mention of him in that write-up previewing the 2014 Pirates, and the only place his name does appear is next to a yawn-inducing .264/.302/.399 slash line. By wOBA, Harrison’s projected .302 was behind notable sluggers Jose Tabata...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Arbitration Settlements and the Pirates Payroll

The Pirates came to terms last week with nine arbitration eligible players. The big winners were Mark Melancon and Josh Harrison. Both received substantial raises. The biggest news was not who the Pirates settled with, but who they did not settle with. Agreements could not be reached with Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, and Vance Worley. Team policy is to not negotiate once arbitration...
Via Hidden Vigorish
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Remembering Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit

When John Fogerty debuted his 1985 hit song “Centerfield,” he reminded people of the joy inherent in baseball—the video produced for this musical, lyrical, and nostalgic homage to baseball depicts a collage of footage featuring baseball’s legends, including Hank Aaron, Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Roy Campanella, Casey Stengel, Ted Williams, Duke...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

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