Found December 11, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
The Pittsburgh Pirates have locked up one of their rotation stalwarts for the foreseeable future, inking 30-year old right-hander Charlie Morton to a three-year extension worth a reported $21 million. The contract also contains a club option for 2017 worth $9.5 million. Morton was scheduled to be a free agent after the 2014 season, and was projected to make $3.9 million this season by MLBTR. This contract pays him $4 million in 2014, and $8 million each in 2015 and 2016. Morton had Tommy John surgery in May of 2012, and was out of action until this past June recovering from the surgery. But in 20 starts this year, he threw 116 innings, pitched to a career-best 3.26 ERA, posted a respectable 2.36 strikeout to walk rate, and shined with a 62.9% ground ball rate - the best in baseball for any starter that made at least ten starts. That ground ball rate, combined with an improved Pirates infield defense and an emphasis on shifting, transformed him into one of the National League&#...

Meet Maria Hanslovan: Andrew McCutchen’s girlfriend-turned-fiancee

Photos of Andrew McCutchen's new fiancee, Maria Hanslovan. Meet the new "First Lady" of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pirates sign right-hander Charlie Morton to three-year, $21 million extension

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed right-hander Charlie Morton to a three-year, $21 million contract extension Wednesday that could be worth up to $30 million, betting on the 30-year-old to continue a successful return from Tommy John surgery and hedging against the increasing price of starting pitching, sources told Yahoo Sports. Morton’s extension represents the biggest deal given...

Andrew McCutchen Proposes To Girlfriend On The Ellen Show

The reigning National League MVP Andrew McCutchen won the hearts of not only his girlfriend but all of America today proposing in dramatic fashion on the Ellen Show. The Pirates franchise player made a video for the lucky girl before popping the question in front of the live audience. I am sure he is going to take some playful ribbing from his teammates for this one. Congrats to...

Winter meetings: Pittsburgh Pirates still don’t get it

Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug  Opening image credit nbchardballtalk.  Thoughts as some utterly disheartening Winter Meetings for Pirates’ fans begin to wind down… 1.  Entering the offseason after a history-making playoff run, I was cautiously optimistic about the following: “That ‘thud’ sound? Probably our offseason to date.” Image credit isportsweb *Pittsburgh...

Barmes is back

To the surprise of nobody (but to the chagrin of many), the Pirates have re-signed shortstop Clint Barmes to a one year deal worth $2 million. Barmes will probably be taking a reduced role behind Jordy Mercer as a backup, late inning defensive replacement, and occasional starter. He made $10.5M over the last two years, so this is a pretty significant pay cut for him….but I think...

Pirates general manager Huntington is searching for right player, deal

Under general manager Neal Huntington, the Pirates have avoided long-term relationships with free agents. Someday, perhaps even soon, that could change. Huntington has never given anything longer than a two-year offer to a free agent. But he said Tuesday that he came to MLB's annual winter meetings with an open mind about multiple-year contracts. “It's just a matter of...

Locking Up the Second Charlie Morton

A lot of people are big fans of player comparables. When describing a current reality or a projected future, it can help to attach a familiar face, so that an audience has a better idea of the point being conveyed. Comps can be useful, but they’re also controversial, in part because every player is unique, and in part because they’re frequently unrealistic. A flattering comp...

Winter Leagues: Big Games From Lambo and Polanco

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Alen Hanson got his first start of the Winter. He played two games off the bench prior to his team’s 6-3 loss last night. Hanson went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base. He handled both chances in the field cleanly. Alen Hanson got his first start in Winter ball Gregory Polanco went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, two walks, a double...

NL MVP Andrew McCutchen proposed on Ellen on Wednesday

2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen was a guest on the Ellen show on Wednesday where he took the opportunity to propose to his girlfriend Maria.Of course she said yes...I'd probably say yes if he proposed to me. One of the coolest players in the game, multi-millionaire, MVP.  What more do you need?video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

Andrew McCutchen proposes to girlfriend Maria Hanslovan on Ellen (Video)

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen should be on cloud nine these days. After leading his team to its first playoff appearance since 1992 and winning the NL MVP award in the process, McCutchen is now engaged. The 27-year-old proposed to his beautiful girlfriend Maria Hanslovan on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on Wednesday. McCutchen told Ellen […]

Andrew McCutchen Proposes to His Girlfriend on ELLEN (Video)

This is sweet. H/T The Big Lead

Andrew McCutchen Proposed To His Girlfriend on Ellen

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder and 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen capped off his year by proposing to his girlfriend, Maria, on The Ellen Show Wednesday.  McCutchen produced a video talking his 4-year relationship before popping the question. So much going on in this video! What “bumps” happened during their 2nd year? Could you produce a worse video with a more terrible cliff...

Pirates’ CF Andrew McCutchen Proposes to Girlfriend on Live TV

McCutchen is pretty much awesome at everything, so it’s no surprise he’s also a great romancer. First, he presented Maria with a video expressing his love, then invited her on stage. [Click this link to see the video] Then he got down on one knee. Ellen DeGeneres, who was in on it from the beginning, gasped. Andrew McCutchen is the most awesome guy going. Love this dude.

Edinson Volquez

EDINSON VOLQUEZ RIGHT HANDED PITCHER Born: July 3, 1983 Height: 6’0″ Weight: 225 Bats: Right Throws: Right Signed: International Free Agent, 2001 (Rangers) How Acquired: Free Agent Country: Dominican Republic Agent: Wasserman Media Group WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Volquez has had a long struggle as a pitcher with great stuff but poor command.  As a...
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