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2014 Recaps: Right Field Led to Unlikely Breakouts, But the Future is Gregory Polanco

Heading into the 2014 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates were sticking with internal options in right field, just waiting for Gregory Polanco to arrive in the majors. Polanco was the long-term solution for the Pirates, completing their Dream Outfield along with Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. The Pirates opted to go with Travis Snider and Jose Tabata, two outfielders who struggled...
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October 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Tabata Outrighted to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that outfielder Jose Tabata has been outrighted to Indianapolis. He was designated for assignment last Friday and cleared waivers. Due to his contract, it’s no surprise that he has now cleared waivers twice this year. Tabata is owed over $9 M in the next two seasons, which means he will likely accept the assignment to AAA, rather than elect...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

News and notes: Guilmet, Tabata, Mazzaro, McGuiness

Sadly we are at the point where boring, nearly meaningless news like this warrants a post, as opposed to more postseason action. Oh well. The Pirates acquired relief pitcher Preston Guilmet from Baltimore for cash considerations. Guilmet has had a few short, unimpressive major league stints but has impressive K/BB numbers in the minors. You never know who will come out of the scrum...
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October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Tabata Designated For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Jose Tabata for assignment, according to the MLB.com transactions page (h/t MLBTR). Tabata was outrighted earlier this season, after going unclaimed on waivers. The outfielder is unlikely to be claimed this time around, since the same conditions exist as last time. He’s got a horrible contract, with over $9 M due to him over the next two...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates’ Pitching Turnaround

Back in early June, I wrote about Pittsburgh’s impending recall of Gregory Polanco, with the viewpoint that while he would be a welcome upgrade over Travis Snider and Jose Tabata in right field, he wasn’t going to single-handedly save the Pirates’ season, since he wasn’t a pitcher. Or as I put it at the time: They […]
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September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Polanco down, Tabata up, Nix gone, Barmes back

The headline covers the Bucs’ notable roster moves on Monday: Gregory Polanco to Indianapolis, Jose Tabata back up from Indy, Jayson Nix designated for assignment, and Clint Barmes activated off the DL. Polanco going to the minors is a bit of a shock – especially if you’d have told me this would be happening a couple months ago – but it does make some sense. The rookie has...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates demote Polanco after rookie's second-half struggles

  The Pittsburgh Pirates sent struggling rookie outfielder Gregory Polanco to Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday and recalled outfielder Jose Tabata. Polanco made his major-league debut on June 10 but has slumped since the All-Star break. The 22-year-old had just one hit in his final 30 at bats before heading back to Indianapolis. Manager Clint Hurdle gave Polanco a handful of days...
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August 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Walker in, Tabata out, Marte…?

The Pirates had to make a heavily discussed roster move on Tuesday afternoon to clear a roster spot for Neil Walker, who returned from his DL stint.  The decision was somewhat surprising: outrighting Jose Tabata to Indianapolis. This is an uncommon move (you don’t usually see guys with a long term contract–and as much big league service as Tabata–sent to the minors) so it...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Enter the New Lumber Company

First things first: there was some confusion today about exactly what the Pirates did with Jose Tabata today to clear roster room for Neil Walker, so let’s run through that quickly. Outrighting a player to Triple-A means that the player has been both removed from the 40-man roster and sent to Triple-A. It’s a process used to send a player to Triple-A when said player doesn...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Red Sox Trade Rumors - Pitching and more

Conor Frederick (@C_Frederick1016)Contributing WriterIt's been a while since I've done one of these because I haven't been feeling well, but here we go - more trade deadline rumors for our beloved Red Sox. 3rd base targets: Per a report from Rob Bradford of WEEI, 3rd base is a position the Sox could look to upgrade before the trade deadline. There's probably not a...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: The Best Outfield Options at the Trade Deadline

If you take a look at how all of the division standings look right now, you will see that there are many close races going on here early this season. Because of this, many teams will be looking to add an extra player on to their roster as the trade deadline approaches. On the flipside, there are also a few teams that are sliding out of their division race and may look to move a few...
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June 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball: Prospects to watch

It’s that time of year again – the time where minor league prospects began garnering attention in the fantasy baseball world. Throughout late May and June, many prospects should finally get their long awaited call-ups. In a same sense, it’s also the time where fantasy baseball team owners should be picking up those prospects from free agency. Here are a few prospects to keep...
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May 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates' Jose Tabata exits game w/ tight hamstring

According to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata left Sunday’s game with tightness in his right hamstring during the second game of a doubleheader against the Yankees.#Pirates announce that Tabata left the game because of tightness in his right hamstring.— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) May 18, 2014 Mike McGinnis/Getty ImagesHe pulled it while...
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May 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Screengrab Snafu: We finally found a way to clone Jose Tabata

.@awfulannouncing Twice The Tabata. pic.twitter.com/xywg6JlBfj — Ali Thanawalla (@Ali_Thanawalla) April 16, 2014
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Final 25 Coming to Pittsburgh

by Brandon PosaIn case anyone has missed it, the Pirates have officially announced their final 25-Man roster that will come north to start the 2014 season. Broken down by position: PitchersFrancisco LirianoGerrit ColeCharlie MortonWandy RodriguezEdinson VolquezJeanmar GomezStolmy PimentelBryan MorrisJustin WilsonTony WatsonMark MelanconJason Grilli CatchersRussell MartinTony Sanchez...
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March 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Trade Winds Blow Through Twins Ears

I was on Facebook talking to a pretty rabid Twins (anti-twins management) group talking about the usual problems, when I saw one of the members talk about “what if Oswaldo Arcia or Aaron Hicks flame out … then what?” Being a Pirates fan I knew Pittsburgh was about to shop OF Jose Tabata, who would be a huge upgrade for Minnesota. I started to think what would make sense, and...
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March 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors - Team having trouble extending Starling Marte

The Pirates are trying to sign outfielder Starling Marte to a long term extension.  They already have long term deals with Andrew McCutcheon & Jose Tabata on the books but want to solidify the outfield for years to come.  Of course, Tabata is on the trade block right now but that's a different rumor.  From Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:"he turned...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Travis Snider and more being shopped

The Pittsburgh Pirates plan to be in the playoff picture again in 2014 but they believe they can still strengthen their roster.  Yesterday I reported the Pirates were shopping Jose Tabata, Vin Mazzaro & Bryan Morris.  Today comes word of Travis Snider being on the market as well.  Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune writes:"I’ve heard from a couple of sources...
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March 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Jose Tabata & others are on the block

The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to make some deals this Spring.  Recent reports indicate that Jose Tabata is being mentioned in trade talks around the league.  A pair of relievers have had their names added to the list according to this Chris Cotillo tweet: The #Pirates are reportedly shopping Jose Tabata, and could trade Vin Mazzaro or Bryan Morris as well: http://t.co...
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March 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Searching for Starters: NL Central Edition

As much as we would all like our favorite clubs to employ multiple star sluggers and a handful of true aces, this is more of a fantasy than a realistic situation. I can’t even pull this off in fantasy ball, now that I think about it. In any case, filling roster weaknesses is both tricky and necessary. The key is simply to identify value where others do not, and that is what I will...
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March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

A few things to look out for during spring training

The Pirates and Yankees will play their spring training game at 1:05 today. I'm always of two minds about this; I get really excited about the potential return of baseball, but then I'll also probably be bored with spring training games by Friday (excepting any games that I may see in person if I'm able to go to Bradenton, of course). I don't have anything against...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Thinking Outside the Box in Right Field

Earlier today I looked at the right field position for the 2013 season, then looked at the free agent options this off-season. Right field was an issue for the Pirates this year, to the point that they had to trade for Marlon Byrd before the August trade deadline to shore up the position. In the future, right field won’t be an issue with Gregory Polanco close to the majors, and...
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October 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Right Field

Jose Tabata started slow, but had a strong finish to the 2013 season. (Photo Credit: David Hague) During the 2012 season, the Pittsburgh Pirates had a few options in right field, and none of them worked out. Heading into the 2013 season, it looked like they would solve this problem by going with a quantity of starting candidates, giving them a chance that one could break out. They...
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October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Jose Tabata Will Play Winter Ball

It has been confirmed that Jose Tabata will play Winter ball this season for Caribes de Anzoategui of the Venezuelan Winter League. He will join the team in mid-November. Last year, Tabata wanted to go to Winter ball but the Pittsburgh Pirates wouldn’t allow him to play, which got a negative response from Tabata and his agent, who felt he needed to play so he could mature as a...
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October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Cashner throws one-hitter vs. Pirates

Andrew Cashner carried a perfect game into the seventh inning and faced the minimum 27 batters in a one-hitter that sent the San Diego Padres past the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-0 on Monday night. Cashner (10-8) retired his first 18 batters before Jose Tabata grounded a clean single into right field leading off the seventh. Tabata was erased when Andrew McCutchen grounded into an inning...
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September 16, 2013  |  Discuss
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