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Jonathan Sanchez is close to a deal with the #pirates. word is, he's healthy and worked all winter on mechanics.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) February 4, 2013
There are two ways to react to what would almost certainly be a minor league deal for Jonathan Sanchez. One is to shrug and say, "Well, I'd rather have Jonathan Sanchez in camp on a minor league deal for a tryout than Brian Bass. If Oliver Perez can become an effective LOOGY four years after ceasing to be a relevant big league pitcher it can happen to anyone." The second is to freak out and draw conclusions about Francisco Liriano's deal and/or health.
I think it's safe to sit back and assume that the only way that Jonathan Sanchez ends up in Pittsburgh on Opening Day is if he pitches his way there, Liriano or no Liriano, so let's take a second and discuss the possibilities of that happening. Once upon a time, Sanchez was mentioned practically in the same breath as Matt Cain and Tim L...
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the Jonathan Sanchez signing official, per a team press release this morning. Sanchez comes in on a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. No word yet on his salary if he were to make the major league team. The Spring Training tracker has been updated with the signing. There are now 19 non-roster invitees.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are close to completing a deal with free agent left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reported Monday. It's unclear whether it will be a major-league deal or a minor-league contract after Sanchez suffered through a poor 2012 season. He went 1-9 with an 8.07 earned-run average last season with the Royals and Rockies. ...
When the news came out that the Pittsburgh Pirates were close to an agreement with left-handed pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, my initial reaction was that he was very similar to Francisco Liriano. It started out as a basic comparison. They were both left-handed pitchers coming off down seasons with control issues, high strikeouts, and they were each a few years removed from a great season...
With yesterday’s news that the Pirates were adding Jonathan Sanchez, and today’s news that they’re still on track to sign Francisco Liriano, the starting pitching scene is getting crowded. Here is a breakdown of all the options who are either currently on the team, or in the case of Sanchez/Liriano, expected to sign.
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Burnett threw over 200 innings...
Another Pirates prospect ranking has been posted today. MLB.com has posted their list of the top twenty prospects in the Pittsburgh Pirates system, complete with scouting reports on each player. The top of the system ranks similar to almost every other list we’ve seen, although the order from third through six differ slightly. Gerrit Cole sits in the top spot, followed by Jameson...
Keith Law released his top 100 prospects today, and the Pittsburgh Pirates had five players on the list.
Gerrit Cole was ranked the highest, coming in at number eight. Cole was the second best pitcher on the list, with Dylan Bundy ahead of him ranked third overall. Law noted that Cole should be ready for the Pirates rotation after a half year in the minors, mentioning that 2012 was...
Keith Law released his organizational rankings today for ESPN Insider subscribers, and had the Pittsburgh Pirates ranked as the 7th best farm system. Law had the Cardinals, Twins, Rays, Astros, Cubs, and Padres as the top six systems.
In his comments on the system, Law said that Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon rival any club’s top two pitching prospects. He also noted that West...
Ben and Sam preview the Royals` season with Craig Brown, and Pete talks to Kansas City Star columnist Sam Mellinger (at 26:26).
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker suffered a dislocated finger and then injured his back. He was shut down in late September. Armed with a new one-year contract, Walker who batted .280 with 14 home runs and 69 RBI, told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko that he is raring to go.
Starling Marte is 24 years old. The fact of the matter is that Starling Marte ages a bit differently than humans. See Marte is similar to a dog in that one of his years is akin to multiple regular people years. So while he’s 24 he’s actually like 30 according to photographic evidence. It’s pretty…
Adam LaRoche is my favorite baseball player. Rod Barajas is my favorite baseball player. Both are former Pirates; neither was very popular as a Pirate. I have a habit of supporting the most unpopular players. I guess I feel like they need my support when it’s not coming from anywhere else. Tonight’s Pirates Playback on…