The nine starters are certainly important, but often it's a team's bench and depth that proves to be the difference.
Not all nine starters can play all 162 games so a team's success can sometimes rely upon those called upon to fill in the gaps. and if that's the situation the Pirates find themselves in this season then they're in good shape.
Sean Rodriguez has played in 26 games...
There is a chicken-or-the-egg game to be played with Sean Rodriguez and Jung Ho Kang right now that goes a little something like this:
Would the Pirates have traded a decentish prospect like Buddy Borden for a player that had been designated for assignment like Sean Rodriguez if they knew that they were only a few weeks away from winning the Jung Ho Kang bidding?
The answer, I think...
#Rays complete S-Rod trade by getting RHP Buddy Borden from #Pirates
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) December 12, 2014
I will admit to knowing almost nothing about Buddy Borden, other than that he was a 2013 draft pick of the Pirates. Borden was, in fact, the Pirates seventh round pick out of UNLV in 2013, and so the first thing that I noticed about him is that even though he...
The Pirates made a move on Monday, and while it may not be a terribly exciting one, at least it involves an actual major league player that has a decent chance at helping them in 2015:
The #Pirates have acquired INF Sean Rodriguez from the #Rays in exchange for a player to be named and cash considerations.
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) December 1, 2014
The best way to describe...
The Tampa Bay Rays traded utility man Sean Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash and a player to be named later Monday.
Rodriguez, 29, hit a combined .228 with 40 home runs, 172 RBI and 32 stolen bases in the past five seasons, all with the Rays. He made appearances at all four infield positions and all three outfield slots.
He was designated for assignment last Wednesday.
According to a report from the Dominican Republic the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a four-year deal with Nelson Cruz worth $57 million dollars. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN confirmed the report and added that the deal is still pending a physical.
Cruz, 34, led the majors with 40 home runs this year while driving in 108 runs, slugging .525 and posting a 140 OPS+.
Also, the Pittsburgh...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Sean Rodriguez hit a three-run home run with two out in the 11th inning Thursday to lift the Tampa Bay Rays to a 5-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
Rodriguez's team-leading fifth homer came off Luke Gregerson after Desmond Jennings' two-out single had tied it against Dan Otero (4-1).
Yeonis Cespedes' sacrifice fly had given the A's a 2-1 lead in...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Sean Rodriguez's voice sounded tired Friday afternoon. The fatigue was understood. Thursday was huge. That day, shortly after noon, he welcomed his fourth kid into this big, bright world, all 9 pounds and 21 1/4 inches of Zekiel Cruz Rodriguez. He was a proud father again.
"It went well," Rodriguez said of his wife Giselle. "She's strong."
He spoke about pride...