Found March 13, 2012 on Players View:
In 2007 the Pittsburgh Pirates were what the Houston Astros are today. In 2012, they’re in a better place and there’s growing optimism in Pittsburgh. All one has to do is look at the deal they made last week with Andrew McCutchen. At six years, $51 million that may seem like a lot to the ordinary citizen (and you’re not wrong), but in baseball terms this could be as big a steal as Evan Longoria has been to the Tampa Bay Rays.  Obviously, I’ll get into the numbers later, but this team has some quality coming up through their farm system. That may dry up after the commissioner and his cronies decided to create preposterous limits on the amount teams can pay players in the draft. This past year the Pirates paid over $10 million more than any other team so they can build a strong foundation, but the commissioner seems to have a problem with anyone going over slot. So this year he, with the acceptance of the Players Association, will enforce penalties on teams that go over slot. Those penalties include, losing draft picks, fines and wearing a Scarlet A around the town square.   To read the rest of this story with extensive analysis, position breakdowns and video please click the link.

Pirates 11, Orioles 5

Good win for the Bucs today. At the plate:  Alex Presley, Neil Walker, Garrett Jones, and Josh Harrison had two hits each. One of Harrison’s hits was a triple. He’s hitting .600 (6 for 10) this spring. Pedro Alvarez was 1 for 2 with a walk, strikeout, and sharply hit sacrifice fly. On the mound: James McDonald had a very rough outing, allowing 5 runs in 6 innings. He struggled...

Spring Training Gameday: Pirates vs. Phillies

Phillies (4-5) at Pirates (3-6) 1:05 PM EST–McKechnie Field, Bradenton Radio: 93.7 The Fan Here is the Gameday The Bucs take on the Phils today at McKechnie. You can listen to it on the Fan. Charlie Morton will start for the Pirates, which is significant. This will be the first official game action for #ElectricStuff and it will be interesting to see how much he has progressed...

What's going to happen in the bullpen?

Last night, I was reading this article on about Justin Wilson and Evan Meek and it dawned on me that I'm not really sure what the Pirates are going to do with their bullpen this spring. It's not a bad problem; they have quite a few deserving relievers and at least at this point in March, not enough spots to go around. If we assume that the only mortal lock for...

McDonald rocked in win over O’s

Final: Pirates 11, Orioles 5 WP: Tim Wood (1-0, 0.00 ERA) LP: Jim Johnson (0-1, 27.00 ERA) James McDonald started and gave up 5 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in 3 innings. He gave up home runs to both J.J. Hardy and Mark Reynolds. Joel Hanrahan continued his rampage this spring. He pitched a scoreless frame and struck out 2 batters. He has now struck out 6 through 3 innings of hitless...

Poll: Which free agent should the Steelers sign?

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. I would like to make it known that I originally posted this poll before the AJ Burnett incident.  Not long after it went up, 3rd was the early leader.  It wasn’t until Burnett broke his face in training that dead last became the predominate choice among the BB&...

Pirates Roundtable Podcast: Episode 7

We’re back…here’s the seventh episode of the Roundtable Podcast with me, Jon from McEffect, Jim from North Side Notch, and Cory from Three Rivers Burgh Blog. This week we discussed: Rumor that the Pirates might add a pitcher Who will win the last two bench spots Bullpen predictions March Madness brackets Division winners / World Series predictions Over/under for some Pirates...

Pirates Round Table Podcast: Episode 7

Jon from McEffect, Brian from Raise the Jolly Roger, Cory from Three Rivers Burgh Blog, and myself are back at it with the seventh of our weekly installments of the Pirates Round Table Podcast. This week we discuss the Pirates bullpen, bench, ISO, and other things going on with the Bucs. Click here to listen/download. Listen on iTunes.

Pirates score 10 runs in first, batter Twins

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Andrew McCutchen was more than glad to share Thursday. McCutchen doubled and scored three times, and the Pittsburgh Pirates used 10-run barrage in the first inning to batter the Minnesota Twins 17-6. Garrett Jones and Alex Presley each homered, doubled and singled. The Pirates finished with 19 hits, 10 for extra bases. "We brought the lumber today...

Versatile Harrison hopes to stick with Bucs

Yamaico Navarro and Josh Harrison battling over the backup shortstop spot is the only real position battle going on in Pirates spring training. Harrison has played just one game of shortstop in his professional career, but after a crash course sees the versatility as a big plus.

Situation Normal?

Last year the Pirates tried to put an end to my relentless attack of literary low blows. Shortly after the All-Star break they were atop the NL Central and my head was appropriately buried in the sand (not kidding; by the way, it sucks.) But then came Jerry Meals’ blown call and down, down, DOWN came the Pirates, settling into yet another comfortably uncomfortable 90 loss season...
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