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The Pittsburgh Pirates today exercised the $700,000 option for third baseman Pedro Alvarez for the 2013 season, while declining catcher Rod Barajasâ€™ $3.5 M option (no buyout) for next year.
Alvarezâ€™s $700,000 option was expected, as it was a part of his original contract when drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round of 2008. Alvarez blasted a career-high 30 home runs during the 2012 season, surpassing his previous mark of 16 set his rookie season in 2010. The 25-year-old third baseman finished with a .244 average.
Barajasâ€™ hit a career-low .206 average with the Pirates, with 11 home runs over 104 games.Â His 98 starts behind the plate were the most since 2009 with Toronto when he caught 110. Barajasâ€™ threw out just 5% of base runners this season (4-of-80). But while his offense struggled for most of the season (he hit .302 in May), the pitching staff including A.J. Burnett, who was his battery mate for the season, along with James McDonald and several other young arms, spokeÂ highlyÂ about Barajasâ€™ game calling and leadership skills behind the plate.
Barajasâ€™ $3.5 M option for the 2013 season was declined by Pittsburgh, but the veteran catcher could still return to the Pirates for next year at a lower price and as the clubâ€™s No. 2 behind the plate. Manager Clint Hurdle said during the final homestand at PNC Park in October that he had a candid conversation with Barajas about that role.
The club also released reliever Hisanori Takahashi, who was set to become a free agent at the end of the week.
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Today the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up the option year for Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez has a unique contract which usually brings some confusion about how long the Pirates have him under control. As a refresher, I thought Iâ€™d break down his deal.
Alvarez is still under the deal he signed out of the draft (or to be more accurate, the second deal he signed out of the draft). That deal...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have picked up the option on third baseman Pedro Alvarez and parted ways with catcher Rod Barajas.
The 25-year-old Alvarez enjoyed a breakout season in 2012, batting .244 with a career-high 30 home runs and 85 RBIs in 149 games. His home run total was 10th best in the National League, though he also led NL third basemen in errors with 27 and finished second...
Altoona Curve manager P.J. Forbes wonâ€™t return to the Pittsburgh Piratesâ€™ organization next year, according to Cory Giger of the Altoona Mirror. Forbes spent the last two years managing the Altoona Curve, and one year before that managing the Bradenton Marauders. According to Giger, the Pirates werenâ€™t bringing Forbes back to manage in Altoona, but did offer him another position...
In what is pretty astonishing news, Andrew McCutchen has won the NL Center Field Gold Glove Award. McCutchenâ€™s speed definitely allowed him to cover a lot of ground and make some highlight reel catches, but statistics and watching him day in and day out show that he probably wasnâ€™t deserving of this, much like Nate McLouth in 2008.
McCutchenâ€™s UZR/150 ranked 9th among...
Last week, during the round table discussion at Bucs Dugout, a question was raised about how each teamâ€™s draft results compare to their total spending. Iâ€™ve previously looked at the 2008 draft, noting the success stories from each round, and comparing that to what the Pirates got. Looking at the $/WAR for each team sounded interesting. Itâ€™s not a perfect method, but it would...
The Scottsdale Scorpions beat Peoria 12-2 today, with help from two Pirates prospects on offense.
**Adalberto Santos went 3-for-5 with a double.
**Gift Ngoepe went 3-for-3 with a double, a walk, and four runs. Prior to this game he had two hits in 25 at-bats.
**Vic Black pitched a shutout inning to close out the game. He gave up a hit and two walks, while striking out two. Black...
The #Pirates announce former Bucco infielder Jay Bell as new Pirates Hitting Coach
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A few weeks ago, Deadspin ran an excellent piece on Jay Bell, where Bell looked back on his career and told stories about his time in Pittsburgh and Kansas City and Arizona and New York (I can't link to it now because the hurrican took...
Major League Baseball and Rawlings announced today that Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen won his first Gold Glove among National League Center Fielders. McCutchen beat out Atlantaâ€™s Michael Bourn and Cincinnatiâ€™s Drew Stubbs for the award.
McCutchen finished the 2012 season with a 135-game errorless streak and led all National League outfielders in fielding...
First off, I hope everyone is okay after these storms. Â They continue in a lot of places so please just be safe. A.J. Burnett was possibly the All Star of the Pirates team last year. Â He epitomized leadership. Â How? Â By being a great clubhouse guy AND performing on the field. Â I am a proponent of [...]
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There are times I wish I had gone to Planned Parrothood before opening my...
I'm very happy that Andrew McCutchen hit well enough to win this year's National League Gold Glove Award in center field. I hope he continues hitting well enough throughout his career that he can accumulate several more of these prestigious defensive awards.Â
(I know I'm being cynical, but that's pretty much how the Gold Gloves are awarded and since the Pirates...
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the following changes to their Major League Coaching staff: Jay Bell has
been named Hitting Coach, Rick Sofield has been named First Base Coach and Dave Jauss has been named Major
The Scottsdale Scorpions lost 6-1 to Surprise. Here is how the Pirates prospects did tonight.
**Vic Black pitched a perfect inning in relief. He only needed seven pitches, with four of those strikes.
**Adalberto Santos went 0-for-4.
**Gift Ngoepe went 1-for-3.
Major League Baseball and Rawlings announced that Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen has been
named to the 2012 National League Gold Glove team. It is the first time McCutchen has won the award.
The Pittsburgh Pirates named Jay Bell as their hitting coach Wednesday. The team also announced additional coaching moves on manager Clint Hurdle's staff. Rick Sofield will become first-base coach and Dave Jauss a major-league coach. Former first-base coach Luis Silverio moves to senior advisor of Latin American operations. Bell, 46, is coming home to replace Greg Ritchie...