First Pitch: What Does Jung-Ho Kang Need to Do to Justify His Deal?

There was a report today that the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a deal with Jung-Ho Kang for $16 M over four years, including an option for a fifth year. The full details aren’t out yet, so we don’t know the breakdown of the deal, how the option year works, or whether the deal is actually confirmed for $16 M over four years. We also don’t know what type of production Jung-Ho...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Gaby Sanchez Off to Play in Japan

Once heralded prospect Gaby Sanchez has agreed with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League on a one-year contract, an Associated Press news release announced Thursday. The 31-year-old former Pirates and Marlins infielder was once part of a very promising young core for Miami, finishing fourth in NL Rookie Of The Year voting in 2010 and making the All Star Game in 2011, but...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Mid-Season Promotions to Altoona For Pitchers Could Be a Thing of the Past

Today we continued the top 20 prospects countdown with our number 17 prospect, Clay Holmes. When Holmes returns from Tommy John surgery in 2015, he should go to Bradenton. That was where he was projected to start the year in 2014, prior to his injury in Spring Training. Heading into the off-season, it looked like the Pirates might have a shortage of rotation spots in High-A. Holmes...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Update on Jung-Ho Kang’s Negotiations, Gaby Sanchez Heads to Japan

Bill Brink had an article this morning in which he says that the agent of Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang is confident they will come to an agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Alan Nero represents Kang and he called the negotiations very positive, saying that Neal Huntington has “tried very hard to basically come to the table with an offer”. The two sides have until January...
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Pirates infielder Sanchez joins Japan's Eagles

TOKYO (AP) Former Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Gaby Sanchez will join the Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League for the 2015 season. Sanchez was not offered a contract by the Pirates and has agreed to a one-year contract with the Eagles, the team announced Thursday on its website. The deal is for an estimated $2.5 million with additional performance-based incentives. The 31-year...
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January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Pirates Could Have Up to Four Starters on Their Bench

Back in 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates ran into a horrible situation with their catchers. They used eight catchers in the majors that year, with Michael McKenry getting the most playing time, despite the fact that he was acquired for cash considerations, and was about the fifth or sixth option they went with. Other options included Matt Pagnozzi, Wyatt Toregas, and Dusty Brown, with...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Comparing Corey Hart and Gaby Sanchez

On Friday, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed Corey Hart for $2.5 M, with an additional $2.5 M in possible incentives. He will presumably play first base when left-handed pitchers are on the mound, but could also serve as a backup in the outfield. One of the things I noticed in response to the signing was the inevitable comparison to Gaby Sanchez, with some wondering why the Pirates got...
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December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates non-tender Gaby Sanchez, Chaz Roe (plus: other interesting non-tenders)

The Pirates weren’t expected to do much at the just-now-passed deadline to agree to tender their arbitration-eligible players with contract offers, and even though they waited until the last minute to make the announcement, the news is that there isn’t much news. The Pirates non-tendered Gaby Sanchez and Chaz Roe, every other arbitration eligible player was tendered. It seems...
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Next Steps For Arbitration, Extension Candidates, and New Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates non-tendered Chaz Roe and Gaby Sanchez tonight, while tendering every other player, including the 11 players who are eligible for arbitration. The next step will be an attempt to work out deals with each player, and avoiding arbitration. The next important date will be January 13th, when the players have to officially file for arbitration. On January 16th...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Non-Tender Chaz Roe and Gaby Sanchez; Tender Every Other Eligible Player

The Pittsburgh Pirates have non-tendered right-handed pitcher Chaz Roe and first baseman Gaby Sanchez, making them free agents. They have tendered every other eligible player on the roster, including the 11 arbitration eligible players. Sanchez was designated for assignment yesterday to make room for Sean Rodriguez on the 40-man roster. Chaz Roe was out of options, and was going...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Thoughts on Sean Rodriguez, First Base Platoon, Third Base, and Non-Tenders

Today wasn’t an extremely busy day in terms of news for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But following the slow Thanksgiving break, and the slow week leading up to that break, today seemed like the Winter Meetings. The Pirates made two moves that impacted the MLB roster, announced the signings of three minor league free agents, and a rumor had them making Francisco Liriano a priority. Here...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays trade utilityman Sean Rodriguez to Pirates

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have traded utilityman Sean Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named and cash. Rodriguez played every position except pitcher and catcher for the Rays during the past five seasons. He has a .225 career average and appeared in 96 games this year, batting .211 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs. Tampa Bay designated the 29-year...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Acquire Sean Rodriguez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired utility man Sean Rodriguez from the Tampa Bay Rays for a Player to Be Named Later and cash, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Pirates also designated Gaby Sanchez for assignment in order to make room for the newly acquired Rodriguez. #Pirates acquire Sean Rodriguez from #Rays for PTBNL and cash. Designate Gaby Sanchez...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates acquire Sean Rodriguez from Rays, DFA Gaby Sanchez

As I was getting ready for bed last night, it occurred to me that I hadn’t written about the Pirates in over a week and that I needed to put something together since we’re headed into the heart of Hot Stove season now that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is still more than three weeks away. This morning the Pirates have provided me with a topic: Marc Topkin at the Tampa Bay...
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Acquire Sean Rodriguez, DFA Gaby Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired second baseman Sean Rodriguez from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. To make room on the 40 man roster, the Pirates have designated Gaby Sanchez for assignment. More to come.
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: It’s Time For Gaby Sanchez to Get Appreciated as a Good Platoon Player

I took a break from working on the 2015 Prospect Guide today to respond to a question about whether Allen Craig would be a good replacement for Gaby Sanchez as the right-handed half of the first base platoon. My response was that Sanchez has been better in his career against lefties than Craig. My first mistake was even entering a discussion about Gaby Sanchez and saying something...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: No Clear Answers For the Pirates at First Base

A few weeks ago I wrote about the first base platoon, asking which players should stick around for the platoon in 2015. The Pittsburgh Pirates saw all of their internal options have down years in 2014, with Ike Davis, Gaby Sanchez, and Pedro Alvarez all struggling at the plate. Based on the career numbers, a platoon of Davis and Sanchez would be the best internal option. However...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Arbitration Estimates

Matt Swartz at MLBTR has been producing some very accurate arbitration estimates over the last three seasons. His estimates for the Pittsburgh Pirates just came out recently, in an off-season preview that was written by Charlie at Bucs Dugout. Below are the MLBTR arbitration estimates: Gaby Sanchez, 1B (5.025): $2.7MM Neil Walker, 2B (4.166): $8.6MM Ike Davis, 1B (4.155): $4.4MM...
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October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: What if the Pirates Keep Everyone This Off-Season?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have an interesting off-season. In the last two weeks I have been recapping all of the individual positions, noting what happened during the 2014 season and looking ahead to future years. Aside from the Russell Martin situation, and all of the decisions to be made on pitching, the Pirates have a lot of decisions to make that could go a lot of...
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October 23, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Who Should Stay, Who Should Go From the Three-Headed First Base Platoon?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are going to have some interesting decisions to make at first base this off-season. And by “interesting decisions”, I mean they’ve got a group of players making a lot of combined money, with none of them coming off a good year at the first base position. The three-headed platoon of Pedro Alvarez, Ike Davis, and Gaby Sanchez will probably make around ...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Getting Expensive Replacement Level Production From First Base

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been relying on a platoon at first base, trying to get All-Star production for a fraction of the price. Each year the platoon has struggled due to one player in the duo playing below his career average platoon splits. This year, everyone in the platoon struggled. The Pirates started the season with Travis Ishikawa and Gaby Sanchez...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Offseason Notes and Potential Non-Tender Candidates

The first natural reaction to the end of every Pittsburgh Pirates season always seems to be, “Ahh these guys are going to suck next year.” Yeah, it’s true the Pirates don’t have a ton of flashy players outside of Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen but they are still a very good team. I remind you that they’ve gotten tons of production and value out of guys like Harrison...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

An Early Look at the Pirates’ 2015 Payroll Shows Plenty of Room For Russell Martin

Today I finished putting together the 2015 40-man payroll page, which will be updated throughout the off-season, and in to the regular season. Bookmark that link, as I’ll be updating the chart after every move throughout the off-season. The chart provides an estimate  of the year-end 2015 payroll, which will definitely change throughout the off-season. Right now the estimate is...
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October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

What’s next?

There’s a much different feel surrounding the Pirates going in to this offseason, as opposed to last year. It was almost impossible to be disappointed with the season as a whole last year, even after missing a golden opportunity to move past the Cardinals in the NLDS. The team won 94 games and showed up pretty well in the playoffs, and more importantly heading into the winter...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Announce Lineup For Wild Card Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced their lineup for the Wild Card Game. 1. Josh Harrison – 3B 2. Jordy Mercer – SS 3. Andrew McCutchen – CF 4. Russell Martin – C 5. Starling Marte – LF 6. Neil Walker – 2B 7. Gaby Sanchez – 1B 8. Travis Snider – RF 9. Edinson Volquez No big surprises here. With the lefty, Madison Bumgarner on the mound, the Pirates are loading up...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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