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The Pittsburgh Pirates filled their starting catching position with a defensive option in Rod Barajas yesterday. Could a defensive option at shortstop be next? Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Pirates are interested in former Detroit Tigers shortstop Ramon Santiago. The Pirates are interested in Santiago as an everyday option, according to Morosi.
Santiago is coming off a season where he hit for a .260 average and a .695 OPS. Over the last three years he’s combined for a .263 average and a .685 OPS. Defensively, Santiago is strong, with a career 3.6 UZR/150 at the shortstop position. He’s been great the past two years, with a 10.4 UZR/150 in 2011 and a 16.1 UZR/150 in 2010.
In my preview of the shortstop market, I highlighted Santiago for his defense. However, I’d question whether he could be a starter. He only started 62 games in 2011 between second and short, and started 78 games between the two positions in 2010. My preference at shortstop would be Clint Barmes, who has strong defense throughout his career at short, and an OPS around .700. Santiago is comparable to Barmes in both areas, although Barmes has shown he can maintain the success over a full season.
Realistically, the Pirates aren’t going to be players for Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins, which means they’re likely to go with a defensive option. That’s a good strategy considering the ground ball pitchers on the staff, and considering that shortstop is the most important position on the field as far as defense goes. Santiago would fit that mold.
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Bad news out of the Arizona Fall League this week. Kristy Robinson reports that Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Robbie Grossman has fractured his hamate bone, and will have surgery to repair the injury later this week. The injury will end Grossman’s AFL season, although he shouldn’t miss any time during the 2012 season.
The big downside to a hamate injury is that it can sap...
From FOX's Hot Stove blog:
The Pittsburgh Pirates have interest in free-agent Ramon Santiago as a potential everyday shortstop in 2012, major-league sources told FOXSports.com.
Santiago maintained a .685 OPS for the Detroit Tigers over the past three seasons while averaging roughly 100 games played per year. He’s regarded as a sure-handed defender at second base and shortstop...
Pirates’ players and friends in winter league action:
MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE
Naranjeros de Hermosillo 2, Venados de Mazatlan 1
Los Naranjeros scored lone runs in both the 3rd and 4th innings, with a double and a single in each. Los Venados were kept scoreless and held to just 2 hits and 2 walks over the first 7 innings of the game. They finally scored their one run in the...
The Pittsburgh Pirates were in tremendous need of a catcher for the 2012 season and they got their man in veteran backstop Rod Barajas. With Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder both opting for free agency, getting a veteran catcher who could handle the young Pirates pitching staff was critical and in Barajas, the Bucs got somebody who will thrive in that role.
THE MASK: Rod Barajas'...
Saturday’s winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends:
Tiburones de La Guaira 5, Leones del Caracas 4
Caracas was playing catch-up for the whole game. In the top of the 9th, down by 2 runs, Los Leones loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. A wild pitch allowed the runner from third to score, bringing Los Leones within one run of...
The Mesa Solar Sox lost 7-6 to Salt River tonight. Jarek Cunningham was one of two Pittsburgh Pirates prospects to play. He started at second base, and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Cunningham also recorded an error on the field, missing a catch. Jeff Inman pitched an inning, allowing a run on two hits, blowing Mesa’s one run lead at the time. Inman was touching 95 MPH...
On this date in 1897 the Pittsburgh Pirates made a seven player trade, sending star outfielder Mike Smith and 30 game winner, Pink Hawley along with cash, to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for five players. Hawley was just shy of his 25th birthday at the time and he had a 71-61 record for the Pirates in three seasons. He had also gone 30-58 for the St Louis Browns(Cardinals) prior...
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed veteran catcher Rod Barajas to a one-year deal with a club option for 2013.
Terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed Thursday.
The 36-year-old Barajas hit .230 with 16 home runs and 47 RBIs last season while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Pirates are in need of catching help after declining the options on veterans Chris...
The Chicago White Sox signed a pair of left-handed pitchers on Thursday.
Agreeing to contracts were Donnie Veal and Jose Quintana.
Veal underwent Tommy John surgery in 2010 and spent last season in the minors with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was 1-0 with a 7.16 ERA in 19 outings with the Pirates in 2009.
Quintana pitched for the Class A affiliate of the New York Yankees in Tampa...
The Bucs made a bit of early noise early on in the free agency, signing catcher Rod Barajas to a one year deal for $4 million, plus a 2013 club option for $3.5 million.
Barajas is 36. He hit .230 with 16 homers in 98 games for the Dodgers last season. For his career, he’s a .238/.284/.414 hitter. His defense is supposedly pretty good, but as you can see he’s a pretty big downgrade...
FOX Sports/Scout.com Field Reporter Inna Lazarev checks in with this year's top draft pick, Gerrit Cole of the Pittsburgh Pirates at the Arizona Fall League.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and veteran catcher Rod Barajas have agreed to a one-year deal with a club option for 2013.