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If the 2012 season was starting tomorrow, the Pirates rotation would likely feature James McDonald, Erik Bedard, Charlie Morton, Jeff Karstens, and Kevin Correia in some order. That's an interesting because of the talent that exists in the first three spots, but it's also a paper-thin one. Charlie Morton already has an injury that could cut into the early part of the season and we don't know how it will affect him. Counting on Erik Bedard to throw 200 innings is foolish. McDonald had an up-and-down 2011 season that left us with a lot of questions. Karstens is a serious regression candidate after his breakout year last year, and Correia's likely to be throwing pitches that look like watermelons most of the time. Even if the Pirates go out and add Jeff Francis and bump Correia, there's a depth problem. Heck, there's a bit of a depth problem even if they break open the checkbook and sign Edwin Jackson. There are, of course, a few internal options that could end ...
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The Pirates insist on babying Taillon, who some thought actually was the top player available in the 2010 draft even ahead of Bryce Harper. Regardless of who was better, what is certain is that Taillon was the best pitching prospect in his class, so some restraint is probably highly prudent and...
On this date in 1988, Willie Stargell was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. Willie was named on 352 of the 427 ballots, a total of least 321(75%) were necessary for election. Stargell was the only player voted in that year but four others on the ballot eventually got in, one of them being Bill Mazeroski who finished 7th with 33.5% of the...
Pirates' right-hander Kevin Correia was the best starter in the first half of the season in 2011 and made the All-Star team but struggled after the break before getting hurt. Correia is hoping to bounce back strong after going on the disabled list in August. Correia finished the season with a 12-11 mark and a 4.79 ERA. PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko spoke with Correia recently.
Starling Marte should debut with the Pirates at some point in 2012
In the past couple of weeks, the hot rumor in circulation is that the Atlanta Braves are going heavy after Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles. The rumored deal involves Jair Juirrens and Martin Prado from the Braves for Jones of the Orioles. The holdup in the deal discussions has been what level of pitching prospect...
Only the Dominican League and the Venezuelan League had playoff games on Monday, with just a few Pirates’ players and friends involved:
Caribes de Anzoategui 16, Tigres de Aragua 8
Seven Runs in the 7th inning gave Los Caribes the big win, as they posted 19 hits, while holding Los Tigres to just 5 hits. Los Tigres scored one run in the 1st inning on...
In part one on Wednesday, I talked about how Brad Lincoln was able to get more groundballs in 2011, which went a long ways towards halving his home run rate and making him more effective than he was with the Pirates in 2010. In part two, let's tackle the deeper questions. What made Lincoln more effective last year and is it something that we can count on from him in 2012?First...
Maholm offers the Cubs a low risk high reward middle of the rotation arm.The Chicago Cubs and Paul Maholm agreed to a one year deal with an option for a second year. The first year will be a $4.25 million deal and the option year in 2013 would pay the left handed ground ball specialist $6.5 million.Maholm is 29 years old and although he missed some time at the end of last season...
Free Agent right-handed reliever Aaron Heilman signed a Minor League deal with Seattle on Tuesday and will get a shot in Spring Training as a non-roster invitee.
The former Met Heilman was initially shipped to Seattle in the three team, 12 player trade that landed the Mets J.J. Putz before the 2009 season.
Heilman, 33, has been one of baseball’s most durable bullpen men over...
Free agent pitcher Paul Maholm took to his twitter account this evening and announced that he had signed with the Chicago Cubs. “I hope to get to continue some things when I visit during the year and start some great things as I start my Cubs career,” Maholm said on his twitter account.
This past season, Maholm posted an ugly 6-14 record but had a 3.66 era in 162 1/3 innings...
Paul Maholm will go down as the first Cub in history to announce his signing on Twitter.
Former Pirates lefty tweets he's looking forward to Cubs ConventionPaul Maholm will go down as the first Cub in history to announce his signing on Twitter.
Veteran right-handed relief pitcher Aaron Heilman has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mariners, with an invitation to major-league spring training.
Paul Maholm agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Cubs that guarantees the former Pirates left-hander $4.75 million. The deal announced Tuesday includes a $4.25 million salary for this year and $6.5 million club option for 2013 and $500,000 buyout.
I had planned on running some baseball trivia today following the morning news, but things change. Jeremiah is MIA this morning and the Cubs made a move. As a result, here is the release on said move to add Paul Maholm.
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