Some news and notes as we head in to the new year…
MLB Network did a nice feature on Roberto Clemente, commemorating the 40-year anniversary of his death.
Beyond the Box Score posted an extensive analysis on the Bucs’ “strategy” this year against the running game. Very interesting stuff.
Tim of PiratesProspects seems to think a Garrett Jones / Gaby Sanchez platoon would be pretty effective, furthering my (and his) view that the Bucs should hold on to Jones. That would still create a mess in right field, though…is there really room on the roster for Jerry Sands, Jose Tabata, and Travis Snider?
Some former Bucco relievers have landed elsewhere in the NL Central: Hisanori Takahashi with the Cubs, Tom Gorzelanny with the Brewers, and Mike Gonzalez also with the Brewers.
The Pirates DFA’d reliever Chad Beck (claimed off waivers earlier in the offseason) to make room for the new players that came over in the Joel Hanrahan trade. Ivan De Jesus is not yet on the 40-man roster, and the other three are. Someone else will have to come off soon, because Francisco Liriano‘s addition is not yet official.