Found December 24, 2012 on The Rhino and Compass:
Merry Christmas everyone! I can still post links before I go to bed and have visions of sugar plums et al, right? A former Olympian is also an escort. This is a Christmas card, apparently. Hey, Francisco Liriano is making a lot of money, isn’t he? SCOREBOARD NFL Carolina 17, Oakland 6 – Carolina really came on strong late in the year. Just costing themselves a draft pick, really. Indianapolis 20, Kansas City 13 – Playoffs Minnesota 23, Houston 6 – I am ready to admit that the Vikings can go far riding Adrian Peterson, and I am completely baffled by them. Chicago 28, Arizona 13 – The Bears started the season 7-1 Seattle 42, San Francisco 13 – Russel Wilson, also talented.

Pittsburgh Pirates: Grading the offseason to date

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Joyous Kwanzaa.  A few dozen players later, and around $35,000,000 spent on free agency, how is the offseason of the Pittsburgh Pirates under GM Neal Huntington progressing?  (Signings or trades that appear to be purely for minor league depth are omitted.) 11/3/12:  SP Kevin Correia, RP Chad Qualls, and C Rod Barajas elect free agency.  See...

Liriano the Buc, and Three Starters on the Comeback Trail

Francisco Liriano has reportedly agreed to a two-year contract worth $12.75 million with the Pirates according to Jon Heyman. In less publicized news, a trio of once exciting pitchers agreed to minor-league contracts. Jeremy Bonderman signed a deal with the Mariners, Scott Kazmir signed with the Indians, and Rich Harden inked a deal with the Twins. None of the three pitchers pitched...

Pirates moving in right direction with Francisco Liriano signing, Joel Hanrahan trade

A lot has been made about the Pittsburgh Pirates signing long-time Twins starter Francisco Liriano to a two-year, $12.75 million deal. Over at WHYGAVS, our own Pat Lackey thinks the deal is a gamble, but one worth taking with a potential huge payoff. The Pirates are also in the midst of trading closer Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox as part of a six player deal that would net them four...

Morning Grind: A Rocky Rock Bottom It Is

It has come to this, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Arizona Diamondbacks have outbid the Mets. The now pitching-deficient and long-time outfield void Mets had their sights on left-hander Francisco Liriano and outfielder Cody Ross, but lost them to the Pirates and Diamondbacks, respectively, who offered multi-year deals they wouldn’t have dreamt of giving. The Pirates, who were a feel...
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