2016 Philadelphia Phillies Preview & Fantasy Baseball Draft Prep

This team is going to be bad. Like, really bad. But maybe not as bad as the Braves. They've got some interesting young players, too.(Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues. ADP references are from NFBC drafts.)ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVEKey additions: OF Peter Bourjos, SP Jeremy Hellickson...
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12 hours ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates off-season changes

The Pittsburgh Pirates will definitely have a new look coming into the 2016 season. Once again they’ll set their sights on the post season, this time hoping to advance further into the playoffs after a disappointing finish to 2015 cut those dreams short. Although the Buccos finished the season with the second best overall record in baseball, they were eliminated by the Chicago...
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Phillies Are Going to Be Fun

The Phillies aren’t projected to be a very good team this season. If you’re familiar with our internet pages, that certainly doesn’t come as breaking news. The Phillies rebuild has been a long time coming, and it’s good that they are finally committed to that process. And when I say committed, I mean committed. In a good way. The process is working, and working faster than...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Kelly Is a Serviceable No. 5 Starter

The Red Sox will officially get another season of Joe Kelly after the two sides agreed to a one-year deal on Friday to avoid arbitration. On the scale of significant baseball happenings in Boston this offseason, this one is quite low. But Kelly’s importance to the Red Sox next season shouldn’t be understated. The right-hander’s 2015 campaign was mostly forgettable. He looked...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Bullpens and rotations

I’m not entirely certain that the Pirates are done making moves this winter; as has been discussed in plenty of places, they’ve still got some payroll maneuverability, they need a left-handed reliever, and their off-season reliever stockpiling (which is what we’re going to talk about here) has made a Mark Melancon trade conceivable, so it’s possible that there’s one big...
January 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Just what you always wanted for Christmas: Ryan Vogelsong returns to the Pirates

Since the Charlie Morton trade almost a week ago, we’ve all been wondering who the Pirates would sign/acquire to fill the hole that Morton’s exit created in the rotation. Today, we get our answer: they’ve re-signed Ryan Vogelsong. Yes, seriously. Vogelsong, of course, has had quite the itinerant career; he was drafted by the Giants in 1998, then traded to the Pirates as part...
December 18, 2015  |  Discuss

What's 'most difficult' for Charlie Morton being traded by Pirates

Charlie Morton won't be going very far geographically after being traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Philadelphia Phillies, but he'll feel much further after leaving a place he's called home for seven years.In his seven seasons with the Pirates, the 6-foot-5 righty posted a 41-62 record with a 4.39 ERA and 1.43 WHIP. His spurts of success were countered with periods of inconsistency...
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Winter Meeting Wrap, Presents Anyone?

As the dust settles on the final day of the week in which the Winter Meetings and Rule 5 draft took place, and in what we thought would be a quiet off-season, I will look to review the first moves under new management in Holiday fashion. Sticking with a rebuilding theme for the 2016 season, and looking forward to the future of the Phillies, management has made some trades and acquisitions...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies acquire Charlie Morton from the Pirates

Today was a busy for the Phillies with the Ken Giles to the Astros trade becoming official, designating a couple of players for assignment, and then trading for right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton. The Phillies and Pirates agreed on a deal to send Charlie Morton to Philadelphia for 23-year old right-handed pitcher David Whitehead. It was more of a salary dump type for the Pirates...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies acquire RHP Morton, full Giles trade details announced

As a busy week continued for the 99-loss Phillies, news was released confirming another swap as the team sent minor league hurler David Whitehead to Pittsburgh for starting pitcher Charlie Morton. The 32-year-old Morton is best known for his mechanics which resemble Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay.  In 158 career big league games, the righty sports a 34-70 record along with a...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Philadelphia Phillies acquire Charlie Morton from Pirates

The Philadelphia Phillies have acquired starting pitcher Charlie Morton from the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Phillies announced. Morton, 32, will become a free agent following the 2016 season. It is a low-risk trade for the Phillies to add to their rotation. The Pirates are able to move Morton and his contract to pursue other deals and possibly free agents. Morton has spent the past...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies acquire veteran SP Morton in trade with Pirates

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies added depth to their starting rotation on Saturday, acquiring right-hander Charlie Morton from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor-league pitcher David Whitehead.The 32-year-old Morton has a record of 45-70 with a 4.54 ERA. He went 9-9 with a 4.81 ERA in 23 starts for the Pirates in 2015, missing the first two months while recovering...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies acquire pitcher Charlie Morton from Pirates

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies added depth to their starting rotation on Saturday, acquiring right-hander Charlie Morton from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for minor league pitcher David Whitehead. The 32-year-old Morton has a record of 45-70 with a 3.91 ERA. He went 9-9 with a 4.81 ERA in 23 starts for the Pirates in 2015, missing the first two months while...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates trade Charlie Morton to the Phillies

In a little bit of a surprising move, the Pirates traded Charlie Morton to the Phillies this morning for minor league pitcher David Whitehead. On some fronts, this move reminds me a bit of the Travis Snider trade in that Morton is clearly a player with some utility to the Pirates in 2016 and Whitehead is a minor leaguer that’s a long ways away from the big leagues, so it’s hard...
December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Phillies acquire Charlie Morton from Pittsburgh Pirates

One of the biggest issues for the Phillies in 2015 was their starting pitching. The issue was the lack of innings thrown by starters, creating a tremendous amount of stress for the bullpen. The Phillies added a great measure of stability to their starting staff on Saturday. According to Ken...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

JA Happ to the Blue Jays (and other considerations for the Pirates’ rotation this winter)

Let’s start with apologies: since the Pirates were eliminated from the Wild Card Game, I’ve been working on both submitting a paper so that I can finally finish grad school, and writing my thesis for a thesis defense that is in the near future. The MLB off-season is mostly dead until the winter meetings, anyway, and so my plan was to hunker down and focus on writing non-baseball...
December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Why Does Charlie Morton Get So Much Love?

The Pirates parted ways with Vance Worley this week after he was outrighted off the 40 man roster and claimed by the Orioles. That closes the book on the Vanimal’s two years stint with the Bucs. During that time Worley posted a 12-10 record with a 3.31 ERA and a 3.59 FIP. The way the Pirates handled Worley this past season still perplexes me. His production was never valued by...
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October 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-28-15 to 10-04-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/28/15 thru 10/04/15, the 26th week (and final week) of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 3 Wins and 3 Losses, 20 Runs Scored and 23 Runs Allowed.   Hero of the week: J.A. Happ. Happ took the hill for two must win games for the Pirates this week. This was his line: 12 innings, 0 runs, 4 hits, 3 walks...
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

There is a small amount of business remaining before the playoffs begin

The reaction to the Cardinals NL Central clinch on Wednesday night kind of weirds me out. There was an immediate Charlie Morton backlash, followed by a collective Pirate fan panic that the Cubs are going to catch the Pirates this weekend and switch the Wild Card Game from PNC Park to Wrigley Field. It is still within the realm of possibility that the Cubs may do this, but please...
October 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The Wild Card it is…

It was a long shot going into the week, but the Pirates lost any hope of their first ever NL Central title with two massively disappointing performances at home against the Cards – with a very nice win sandwiched in between. The nightmare scenario happened. St Louis celebrated at PNC. The Pirates will have to deal with Jake Arrieta. The team with the second best record in baseball...
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October 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Doubleheader on Wednesday

Tonight’s #Pirates vs #STLCards game has been postponed Split doubleheader tomorrow. INFO: — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) September 29, 2015 A miserable loss on Monday, and now this. Let’s hope the week takes a turn for the better starting at 1:35 on Wednesday. It will be Gerrit Cole against Michael Wacha in Game 1, and Charlie...
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September 29, 2015  |  Discuss

This is game one of one

You as a Pirate fan likely have a lot on your mind. Can the Pirates win tonight? Can they somehow win tomorrow with Charlie Morton scheduled to start? If they do sweep the Cards to tie the division, can they actually beat the Reds enough to give that meaning? What if the Pirates and Cards end up tied for the division, who starts in Game 163? Who starts the Wild Card Game then? Failing...
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

NL Central race reaches final stretch for Cardinals, Pirates

The National League Central Division has undoubtedly been the best division in baseball in 2015, and is arguably one of the toughest divisions in the history of the sport. For virtually the entire season, the St. Louis Cardinals have held the best record in the MLB, but thanks to the proficiency of their divisional adversaries, they are probably the team most in danger of losing...
September 28, 2015  |  Discuss

One day at a time

There is a special moment of baseball fan hell that only exists at this point in September and it goes a little something like this: OK, good, the Pirates put up three in the first two and will probably do what needs to be done tonight. Let’s hit the scoreboard. Nationals are getting crushed, nice. OK, Cubs are winning, Cardinals are only down 1-0, Giants haven’t started yet...
September 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Frustrating losses, Charlie Morton, and series splits

I suppose if you want to have a charitable view of the universe today, you could say that the Pirates’ loss last night was the karmic counterpart of their win in the first game of Tuesday’s double-header: Jake Arrieta pitched a gem, the Pirates tied the game because the Cubs’ made some dumb/bad plays, and the Cubs ended up winning anyway. From the Pirate fan perspective, though...
September 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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