The 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates’ first half: Not good or bad, but enough of both to be maddening

When the Pirates punted almost every big decision of the off-season, leaving what one could reasonably assume to be a decent amount of cash unspent (you can look at their offers to Josh Johnson, James Loney, and AJ Burnett and guess that they had at least another $12 million to spend this winter, maybe a little bit more), my immediate thought was this: They’re not sure that 2014...
July 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Now and when

For most of the Pirates’ winter, there’s been a question that’s been rattling around in my head. It started when the James Loney and Josh Johnson signings fell through around the winter meetings, it carried through the entire AJ Burnett Saga, and it popped up again with the First Base Fiasco playing out this week. That question is this: What do I, as a fan, want from the Pirates...
March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Disregard that speculation: Josh Johnson is a Padre

Well that didn't take long: Jerry Crasnick is reporting tonight that Josh Johnson has signed a one-year/$8 million contract with the Padres. Since Johnson previously said that he wanted to sign with the Padres or Giants to be closer to his Las Vegas home, I don't think there's too much to read into here; Johnson wanted to sign closer to home and one of the teams close to his hometown...
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

News and notes: Welker, Johnson, Spring Training

Some news and notes as we continue to head in to the hot stove season… The Bucs have been identified as one of the finalists to land free agent pitcher Josh Johnson. The righty is coming off a very poor season, which also included some injury problems. He’s capable of being a front-line starter, though, and is a strong bounce-back candidate for several valid reasons…and the...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Sawchik: Pirates 'finalists' for Josh Johnson

2013 is Neal Huntington's seventh offseason at the helm of the Pirates (!!! I know) and at this point, it's relatively easy to look at a free agent list at the beginning of the off-season and guess who he'll be interested in. Josh Johnson is 6'7", he's capable of throwing hard, he strikes out a ton of hitters, and he's coming off of a mediocre year in 2012 with Miami and an abjectly...
November 19, 2013  |  Discuss
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