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In Winter League action today in Australia, Adelaide lost 4-2 to Canberra. Three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Stefan Welch, Justin Howard and Dylan Child. Welch went 0-for-3, with a run scored and two strikeouts. His average dropped down to .205 after a 1-for-13 weekend. Howard went 2-for-4, with a double and run scored. Child had a rough time behind the plate, allowing four steals on four attempts and committing a passed ball. He went 1-for-4 at the plate. Child caught three of the team’s four games this weekend. The Australian Baseball League is off until Friday, when Adelaide will start a four games series against Melbourne.
Also in the ABL, Sam Kennelly went 0-for-4, with a walk and a strikeout. The sixteen-year-old third baseman also committed his first error of the season. He is 3-for-19 this season, with three singles and an RBI.
In Dominican League action, Starling Marte went 1-for-4, with a single. He now has a .315/.396/.472 line after 23 games.
Felix Pie went 1-for-3, with his third home run of the DWL season. The homer led off the game. Pie also added a sacrifice bunt.
Anderson Hernandez went 0-for-4, breaking his eight game hitting streak.
In Puerto Rico, Benji Gonzalez got his first start in a week. He went 1-for-4, driving in two runs with a ninth inning single. At the time, his team was down 3-0, but they were unable to complete the comeback.
In Mexico, Ali Solis went 0-for-4, with a strikeout. He has caught five games in a row after missing two weeks with a hand injury.
Jovany Lopez did something yesterday that he didn’t do the entire month of November, he faced more than one batter in a game. Lopez had nine November appearances, facing a total of nine batters. Last night, he retired all three batters he faced. He threw 11 pitches, seven for strikes, getting two groundouts before retiring the side with a pop out to shortstop from former Pirates infielder Luis Cruz.
In Venezuela, Ryan Reid pitched a scoreless inning of relief. He was a bit wild, throwing just six strikes out of 13 pitches. Reid allowed just a single, while striking out one batter. He has six straight scoreless appearances, totaling 7.2 innings.
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A few notes as day one of the winter meetings is coming to a close.
**If you’re expecting a big follow up move to the Russell Martin signing, it doesn’t seem like it will happen this week, or possibly at all. Rob Biertempfel has the following from Neal Huntington.
#Pirates GM Huntington re:chance for big move at winter meetings:”For us, biggest move we were going to make this...
Earlier today, Rob Biertempfel had a note about two American League teams who said no thanks to trading for Joel Hanrahan. Biertempfel follows that up with a good rundown of Hanrahan’s trade market.
He notes that the Pirates have been shopping Hanrahan for several weeks now. He also mentions that one scout was “shocked” at how low the initial asking price was for the closer...
The Pirates had a busy day. They traded Chris Resop, who was arbitration eligible for the second time and projected to make $1.3 M. They also dealt Yamaico Navarro (same link), who wasn’t arbitration eligible, but was designated for assignment the other day.
They non-tendered Jeff Karstens, then reached a deal with Charlie Morton for $2 M (I’ll get into this in a bit).
Read Part 1 of the series right here.
Last time, we examined the good and bad of Pittsburgh Pirates’ owner Bob Nutting, President Frank Coonelly, and General Manager Neal Huntington. Here, we’ll take a look at the positives and negatives of some of the Pirates’ other decision makers.
Clint Hurdle, Manager
Hurdle; Image credit carpetbaggery
The Good: Hurdle was a well-respected...
The Pittsburgh Pirates are shopping Garrett Jones. The Baltimore Orioles are looking for a power bat. There are a lot of articles coming out about the Orioles possibly being interested in Jones. It’s hard to tell if these are based on any actual discussions, or if it’s a case of people connecting the dots. The Orioles want a power bat and could trade pitching to get that. The...
In Winter League action last night, Starling Marte had a rough game, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. In his previous three games combined, Marte has a total of seven hits and eight RBI’s.
Alen Hanson had his second straight pinch-running appearance. He was immediately erased on a caught stealing. Hanson was playing in his seventh game of the DWL season.
The Pirates’ decision to non-tender Jeff Karstens was the big news of the day, but they still had seven other players to deal with in advance of Friday’s midnight deadline.
Chris Resop was traded to Oakland for Zach Stewart, a reliever in high-A ball. Basically, he was non-tendered and the Bucs got a tiny return instead of nothing. I thought there was a chance Resop would be...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have tendered offers to Neil Walker, James McDonald, Joel Hanrahan, Garrett Jones, and Gaby Sanchez. No real surprise there. Charlie Morton has also agreed to a deal with the Pirates. No word on what that deal entails but it’s at least slightly amusing that Charlie Morton, who will almost certainly miss time [...]
The Pittsburgh Pirates announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Mike Zagurski to a
minor league contract that includes an invitation to Major League spring training.
Seattle is interested in Garrett Jones. – Photo by Mark Olson
Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Seattle Mariners have shown interest in Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones (via MLBTR). Baker says that the Mariners and Pirates have had talks in the weeks leading up to these meetings about Jones. He adds the disclaimer that Seattle is talking with many...
Today is the first official day of baseball's annual Winter Meetings, which means that for the first four days or so of this week we'll be innundated with tons of rumors and who knows how much actual payoff for those rumors by the time Thursday rolls around. The Pirates have claimed that they're going to be pretty quiet this week, but I'm not sure that's entirely...