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Pirates' right-hander Kevin Correia was the best starter in the first half of the season in 2011 and made the All-Star team but struggled after the break before getting hurt. Correia is hoping to bounce back strong after going on the disabled list in August. Correia finished the season with a 12-11 mark and a 4.79 ERA.'s George Von Benko spoke with Correia recently.

Winter League Playoffs 1/12 — Hernandez On A Roll

Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action on Thursday:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Gigantes del Cibao  6,  Aguilas Cibaenas  4 A 4-run 5th inning made the difference for Los Gigantes.  Both teams scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning — Los Gigantes with a walk, three singles, and a ground out double play; and Los Aguilas on a solo homer and a walk and two singles.  The scoring...

What does Brad Lincoln bring to the table for 2012?

If the 2012 season was starting tomorrow, the Pirates rotation would likely feature James McDonald, Erik Bedard, Charlie Morton, Jeff Karstens, and Kevin Correia in some order. That's an interesting because of the talent that exists in the first three spots, but it's also a paper-thin one. Charlie Morton already has an injury that could cut into the early part of the season...

Digging deeper into Brad Lincoln's 2011

In part one on Wednesday, I talked about how Brad Lincoln was able to get more groundballs in 2011, which went a long ways towards halving his home run rate and making him more effective than he was with the Pirates in 2010. In part two, let's tackle the deeper questions. What made Lincoln more effective last year and is it something that we can count on from him in 2012?First...

This Date in Pirates History: January 13

On this date in 1954 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded starting pitcher Murry Dickson to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for relief pitcher Andy Hansen and seldom used infielder Jack Lohrke along with $70,000 also going to the Pirates in the deal. For the Pirates in was a cost cutting move, they were just 50-104 in 1953 and they finished 7th out of eight NL teams in attendance...

Minor League Depth — Pitching, Part 3 (Lower Levels)

It’s not easy to project how the Pirates will manage their low level pitching staffs. A lot of factors beyond on-field performance come into play when the team is deciding which pitchers to promote, or how to divvy up the finite number of innings that are available. The team looks at health issues and the need to build up stamina, mechanical issues, fastball command, and other...

Top 50 Prospects: #12 – Jameson Taillon

#12 Jameson Taillon Pittsburgh Pirates DOB: 11/18/1991 Previous Rank: 14 ETA: 2014 The Pirates insist on babying Taillon, who some thought actually was the top player available in the 2010 draft even ahead of Bryce Harper.  Regardless of who was better, what is certain is that Taillon was the best pitching prospect in his class, so some restraint is probably highly prudent and highly...

This Date in Pirates History: January 12

On this date in 1988, Willie Stargell was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. Willie was named on 352 of the 427 ballots, a total of least 321(75%) were necessary for election. Stargell was the only player voted in that year but four others on the ballot eventually got in, one of them being Bill Mazeroski who finished 7th with 33.5% of the...

Pirates come to terms with pitcher Resop

The Pirates and Chris Resop avoided arbitration Friday when they agreed to a one-year, $850,000 contract, according to a source.

Pirates slugger Jones begins prepping for a 'big year'

There were times this offseason when Garrett Jones wondered whether he had played his final game with the Pirates.

Pirates avoid arbitration with reliever Resop

The Pirates and right-hander Chris Resop avoided salary arbitration and agreed to a one-year contract Friday night. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Relief pitcher Resop, Pirates agree to a one-year deal

Relief pitcher Chris Resop and the Pirates agreed on Friday to a one-year contract, worth $850,000.

Resop, Pirates agree to a one-year deal

Relief pitcher Chris Resop and the Pirates agreed on Friday to a one-year contract, worth $850,000.

Maholm joins Cubs, gets 1-year deal

Paul Maholm agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs that guarantees the former Pirates left-hander $4.75 million. The deal announced Tuesday includes a $4.25 million salary for this year and $6.5 million club option for 2013 and $500,000 buyout.
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