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Tim Alderson’s career with the Pirates ended today with a trade for Russ Canzler.
The Tim Alderson/Russ Canzler trade wasn’t exactly a blockbuster deal. It was a marginal trade, and the type of deal you’d expect in early-to-mid July as the hot stove season starts to heat up. The Pirates sent away a guy who profiled as a potential middle reliever, and who wouldn’t have even been an option for them this year due to their relief pitching depth. In exchange they got a guy who crushes lefties and profiles as a potential platoon option. The Pirates don’t need bullpen depth, but they do need guys who can hit left-handers.
It’s not exactly trading for a big bat, but it is trading from a position of strength for a position of need. My only question on that deal is wondering why Canzler didn’t come to the majors right away to replace Brandon Inge on the roster.
There’s not much to say about the actual deal. Alderson may or may not make it to the majors, and probably will play a minor role. Ca...
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Episode 13 of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This episode includes analysis from Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports), James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) and myself (@timwilliamsP2) on the Pirates. Highlights of the show include:
**With Jose Tabata returning with a hot bat, we ask whether the Pirates need to trade for a right fielder. One factor that could...
The MLB draft signing deadline is tomorrow at 5 PM EST. To see who the Pirates have already signed, check out the Draft Pick Signing Tracker. In previous years the draft pick signing deadline always had some sort of drama surrounding it. The question marks throughout the years:
2008: Will Pedro Alvarez sign?
2009: Will the Pirates sign any more prep pitchers?
2010: Will Jameson Taillon...
Pittsburgh Pirates' All-Star pitcher Jeff Locke was scratched from Sunday's start and from Tuesday's All-Star Game following lower back stiffness experienced from his most recent start.
As reported by Tom Singer of MLB.com,
"Locke reported the discomfort after a seven-inning outing on Monday
against Oakland. He went through his regular bullpen session on...
For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.
Result: Marlins 4, Pirates 2
Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (4.50) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR
Top Hitter: Tito Polo, CF...
Jeff Locke understands the entire premise is borderline preposterous.
Four months ago, the 25-year-old left-hander was simply hoping to escape spring training with a spot at the back end of the Pittsburgh Pirates' starting rotation.
Now he's fielding questions about whether he'd feel comfortable appearing in the All-Star game on one day's rest.
Coming off his longest career outing, Tyler Glasnow pitches in Asheville today, trying to improve on his 3-1, 2.70 road record in nine starts. The GCL Pirates and both Dominican League affiliates are off today. For a look at the possible starters over the next few weeks, please check out our Probable Pitchers Chart. Check out the Recent Transactions section to the bottom of this...
Pedro Alvarez was characteristically nonplussed about his 1st-inning home run after his Derby selection.
Jordy Mercer was struggling at the plate through July when he came up in the 11th inning with two runners on. The Pirates’ now-second baseman stepped in 4-for-31 over the month with no extra-base hits.
No time like walkoff time to stop a skid in front of 39,036 fans, PNC Park’s...
Mets (40-50) at Pirates (56-36)
1:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
The Pirates go for a sweep of the Mets today, and a win would clinch a share of first place and baseball’s best record heading in to the four-day All Star break. You know what else a win would do? It would tie the club record for most wins before the All Star break (1971 – when they won the...
This is the second year that the MLB draft has operated under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Pirates didn’t really experience the new system last year, mostly because Mark Appel fell to them and didn’t sign. This year was more of a “normal” draft under the new system, if you can say anything is normal after just two years. Because it was a more common draft...
I landed the first silk of my collection, and it appropriately is a Russ Martin silk.Numbered 05/50, it ran me just $3.50 delivered and - as is the norm for Russell's cards - comes complete with a great photo of the former Blue Crew backstop.
All of a sudden people are feeling a lot better about the Pirates again after an exciting walkoff win over the Mets Friday night at sold out PNC Park. The Bucs have won two in a row and certainly appear to have put the four game losing streak in the rear view mirror.
Leading up to the game, all the talk was about Pedro Alvarez, David Wright, and the Home Run Derby “drama.” Pedro...
Come on guys. Let’s win a series before the break. Stop losing ground. Stop the slide. Give everyone some hope going into the All Star Break. The mood is too gloomy for my liking. Just a little dash of positivity. Maybe that little bit will help clear up the case of PTSD Pirates fans are…
Well I hope Pirates fans feel better now that they've gotten their anger out of their system towards David Wright. I hope their announcers are also happy that they fanned the flames of their already agitated fan base to stir up some sort of rah rah ballpark interest. Good for them. Even though they have four all-stars and 54 wins going into Friday's game, and therefore a...