Found December 18, 2011 on Pirates Prospects:
  Tim Williams and Frank Coonelly at the Pirates Prospects booth at Piratefest First and foremost, Tim and I would like to thank all of you that bought the 2012 Pirates Prospects Guide at Piratefest this past weekend, plus all of you that purchased it online (Tim gets an email to his phone every time an online transaction is made).  We also really enjoyed meeting all of you that are loyal readers to the site.  Tim and I also hope some of are you are new readers to the site that we met this weekend and encouraged to visit the site for the first time. We haven’t done the final tally of books that were purchased this past weekend, but it appears that between the Piratefest sales and online sales the 2012 Prospect Guide will have equaled the sales total for the 2011 Prospect Guide….and it only officially went on sale on Friday. But it wasn’t all just meet and greet with the readers.  Tim appeared on 93.7 the FAN during Vinnie Richichi and Joe Starkey’s live show from Piratefest to prom...

This Date in Pirates History: December 19

Born on this date in 1964 was relief pitcher Mike Fetters, who pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2001-02. Fetters was in his 13th season in the majors when the Pirates acquired him from the Dodgers along with Adrian Burnside in exchange for Terry Mulholland on July 31, 2001. Mike finished the year going 1-1 4.58 in 17.2 innings over 20 games with the Pirates, recording eight...

Ryota Igarashi Signs With Pirates

In November, the Mets released Ryota Igarashi and he has now signed with a new team. There are reports out saying that Igarashi signed a split contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates. If you are like me, and were unsure what a split contract is, well here you go: A split contract is a contract that includes separate salary for time in the minor leagues vs time in the major leagues....

Cubs have interest in Paul Maholm

MLBTR had a post yesterday that the Cubs are in negotiations with Paul Maholm for a spot in their 2012 rotation.  Earlier in the offseason, the Pirates declined Maholm’s 2012 option for $9.75 million.  Based on the market for pitchers like Chris Capuano (2 years, $10 million from the Dodgers), Bruce Chen (2 years, $9 million from the Royals), and Erik Bedard (1 year, $4.5 million...

Huntington "Optimistic" About McCutchen Extension

Talks about a long-term contract extension between the Pirates and Andrew McCutchen didn't progress much this summer, but GM Neal Huntington told fans that he's "optimistic" about reaching an agreement with the star outfielder at PirateFest yesterday, reports Bill Brink of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "When you enter a negotiation, you're at X, the player...

Trade talk doesn't faze Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan

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Pirates laud incoming veteran SS Barmes

Pirates GM Neal Huntington says Clint Barmes is a reliable defender who should hit a few more homers and have better at-bats.

Goal for Pirates' McCutchen is to excel in full season

Andrew McCutchen's production at the plate in 2011 resembled a bell curve. This offseason, he is working to straighten it out for 2012. "Just to get myself right, get myself in shape to be able to withstand 162 games-plus," the Pirates center fielder said Sunday on the final day of PirateFest at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. "That's my goal and that...

Left hand healed, Tabata hits the cage

Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata, who fractured a bone in his left hand in September, resumed swinging a bat last week after receiving a clean bill of health from the club's medical staff.

Alvarez hopes early work will mean better results

The work starts early for Pedro Alvarez. Sometimes the alarm goes off at 7 a.m. After breakfast, Alvarez hits the gym, a facility in Newport Beach, Calif., owned by the Boras Corporation that represents him, and will sometimes spend up to two and a half hours working out. "More working on functional strength, flexibility and mobility, less weights," Alvarez said at the David L.

Winter Leagues 12/19 — Another Slow Monday

Mondays in the winter leagues are typically slow:   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Leones del Caracas  5,  Tigres de Aragua  4 Los Leones won this battle of the Big Cats with 3 runs n the bottom of the 9th.  Los Tigres scored single runs in four different innings, including their last 3 at-bats.  SS Ronny Cedeno doubled with one out in the 4th, moved to third on 1B Hector Gimenez’s single...
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