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Pirates finalize 4-year deal with Korean SS Jung Ho Kang

PITTSBURGH -- Even though the Pittsburgh Pirates employ one of the largest analytics departments in baseball, they are not exactly sure how Jung Ho Kang's outstanding statistics in South Korea will translate to the major leagues. They are willing to find out. Pittsburgh and the 27-year-old infielder finalized an $11 million, four-year contract on a busy Friday for the Pirates. The...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

All 12 Arbitration Eligible Pirates Players File on Tuesday

All 12 arbitration eligible players from the Pittsburgh Pirates have officially filed for arbitration. The Pirates now have until Friday to either settle with the players or exchange figures. The Pirates have said that they have a “file and trial” system, where if the two sides exchange figures on Friday, they will take the players to a arbitration hearing. The 12 players that...
Via Pirates Prospects
16 days ago  |  Discuss

The 15 Boom or Bust Players Who Could Put the Pirates Over the Top in 2015

For the last two years on New Year’s Eve, I’ve written about the boom or bust players who could make a difference for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the upcoming season. The 2013 group included players like Francisco Liriano, Starling Marte, and Mark Melancon. The 2014 group had guys like Jordy Mercer, Travis Snider, and Edinson Volquez. All of those guys helped the Pirates making...
Via Pirates Prospects
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Sign Jed Lowrie

The Houston Astros have agreed to a three year deal with shortstop Jed Lowrie which will guarantee him $23 million. Lowrie was previously a member of the Astros in 2012 after the Boston Red Sox traded him along with Kyle Weiland in exchange for Mark Melancon. He spent the last two years with the Oakland Athletics. The 30 year-old Lowrie has battled injury troubles throughout...
Via Baseball News Source
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Red Sox Jed Lowrie, Astros Agree To Three-Year, $23M Contract

HOUSTON — Infielder Jed Lowrie and the Houston Astros have agreed to a $23 million, three-year contract. The agreement, announced Monday, includes a 2018 club option. Lowrie was acquired by the Astros from the Boston Red Sox for pitcher Mark Melancon in December 2011 in Jeff Luhnow’s first trade as general manager and was Houston’s shortstop in 2012...
Via NESN.com
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Lowrie, Astros agree to $23 million, 3-year deal

HOUSTON (AP) Infielder Jed Lowrie and the Houston Astros have agreed to a $23 million, three-year contract. The agreement, announced Monday, includes a 2018 club option. Lowrie was acquired by the Astros from Boston for pitcher Mark Melancon in December 2011 in Jeff Luhnow's first trade as general manager and was Houston's shortstop in 2012. He was dealt to Oakland in February 2013...
Via AP on Fox
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Ex-Red Sox IF Jed Lowrie Signs With Astros

(Getty Images)Former Red Sox infielder Jed Lowrie today signed a three-year contract with the Houston Astros. The 30-year old Lowrie spent his first four seasons in Boston, where he hit .252. Ironically, he was traded to the Astros by the Red Sox in 2011 for Mark Melancon. In only 97 games for Houston in 2012, Lowrie hit just .244. The last two seasons, he was much healthier, and...
Via FenwayNation
December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Links: Trade Values, Mark Melancon’s Arbitration Price

Two interesting links to share this morning, while I take a brief break from writing profiles in the 2015 Prospect Guide. **Every year, Jonah Keri at Grantland releases a “Trade Values” series, looking at the top 50 most valuable assets in baseball. Part one of his list went up today, and includes two Pirates outfielders. Gregory Polanco ranked 45th, falling into a tier of talented...
Via Pirates Prospects
December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Tony Sanchez Makes Debut, News on Melancon, Polanco and Harold Ramirez

Gregory Polanco is playing in the Dominican, but has not been given permission by the Pirates to play in the Dominican Winter League yet. He is playing in the Parallel League, which is basically the minor league version of the Dominican League. Polanco went 1-for-4 with a double the other day against players from the Dominican academy of the Orioles. Mark Melancon threw a scoreless...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

WATCH: Pirates closer serenade random Japanese woman

Pirates closer Mark Melancon is in Japan playing with the M.L.B. all-stars in a postseason tour. On his off day while waiting in line for a buffet, Angels pitcher Hector Santiago dared him to sing to a random woman. There are no reports if Melancon was double-dog-dared. Of all songs Melancon could have chosen he belted out the song You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling by The Righteous...
Via Reading Between The Seams
November 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Mark Melancon Closes Out Win in Japan

In Japan on Sunday, Mark Melancon pitched a scoreless ninth, finishing off a 6-1 win by the MLB All-Stars. He struck out two batters and all eight pitches he threw went for strikes. Melancon pitched a scoreless eighth inning on Wednesday, allowing one hit. The MLB All-Stars are taking on Japan’s national team and not doing well, losing three of the four games played so far in the...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Reunite with A.J. Burnett

Over the last few years, the Pirates have developed a bit of a reputation for being exceptional at extracting value from discarded pitchers: Francisco Liriano, Edinson Volquez, and Mark Melancon are three of the more recent examples, for instance. However, before any of those three got to Pittsburgh, the Pirates worked their voodoo on A.J. […]
Via Fangraphs
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 Recaps: Pirates Showed You Don’t Have to Spend Big to Upgrade the Bullpen

For the past few years, the Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired a lot of bounce back candidates in their bullpen, with a lot of those guys actually bouncing back. That approach led to one of the top bullpens in baseball during the 2013 season. Most of that bullpen was returning in 2014, and the Pirates looked to be in good shape. What led to the success in 2013 was the Pirates going...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 29, 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...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 25, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 BBA awards ballot part 2 - National League

Goose Gossage Award - Reliever of the Year (National League) 1. Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves2. Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati Reds3. Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh PiratesWalter Johnson Award - Pitcher of the Year (National League)1. Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers2. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds3. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals4. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies5. Doug Fister...
Via Subway Squawkers
October 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Set Their Wild Card Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates released their Wild Card roster today, making the final decisions on who they will have available to them in tonight’s game against the San Francisco Giants. The rosters are below, and thoughts on the rosters are below that. Pitchers (9) Edinson Volquez Mark Melancon Tony Watson John Holdzkom Jeff Locke Jared Hughes Justin Wilson Vance Worley Bobby LaFromboise...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-22-14 thru 9-28-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/22/14 thru 9/28/14, the final week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 regular season.   Weekly result: 4 Wins and 3 Loss, 26 Runs Scored and 24 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen made a late push for a second MVP with a solid week to close out the season. Cutch had 9 hits in 22 ABs this week and drew...
Via Hidden Vigorish
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Reds 10, Pirates 6

The Pirates lost a wild back-and-forth game on Saturday, and with the Cardinals losing later on, the Bucs missed a chance to tie  for the division lead going into the final day of the season. Now they’re headed in to what shapes up to be a crazy Sunday with a heck of a decision to make. The decision would be a lot easier if they had pulled off a win Saturday. Francisco Liriano...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, Reds 1

Good news and bad news: First, the good. The Bucs won, of course, and San Francsico lost. That means PLAYOFF BASEBALL IS RETURNING TO PNC PARK! There will be at least one more blackout. We’ll get to scream our heads off. And the Pirates will have a chance to advance in a place where they have played extremely well all season. After experiencing the intensity, bedlam, and sheer...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Melancon is the rock of the Pirates pitching staff

The Pirates are going to the playoffs for the second consecutive year. We know their offense is led by defending MVP and a contender to repeat in Andrew McCutchen, but who has been the best pitcher in Pittsburgh this season? The answer is, somewhat surprisingly, Mark Melancon. Sent away from Boston after an abysmal 45 innings, the Pirates have found absolute gold in Melancon over...
Via Bloguin Best
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Mark Melancon is the rock of the Pirates pitching staff

The Pirates are going to the playoffs for the second consecutive year. We know their offense is led by defending MVP and a contender to repeat in Andrew McCutchen, but who has been the best pitcher in Pittsburgh this season? The answer is, somewhat surprisingly, Mark Melancon. Sent away from Boston after an abysmal 45 innings, the Pirates have found absolute gold in Melancon over...
Via The Outside Corner
September 24, 2014  |  Discuss

The Pirates are Starting to Get Recognition For Being a Special Team

The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now. They’ve gone from being just another team in the mix of mediocre Wild Card contenders, to a team that is surging to the front of the pack and sitting in the driver’s seat for home field in the Wild Card game. After starting the month with a four game losing streak, they have gone 14-3, including taking...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Brewers 1, Pirates 0

A huge crowd was smelling blood on Saturday night – especially after another episode of Andrew McCutchen HBP drama – and a win to put the Brewers away would have made for another brilliant scene. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen as the Pirates wasted a great night of pitching and lost the game with a couple of tough breaks late. This could have been Edinson Volquez‘s final...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Team Of Negative Destiny Loses Again; Fall, 3-2

(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)Some wise sage once said, "In every baseball game, you see something you've never seen before." It happened again last night as the Red Sox were on the verge of a ninth-inning comeback in their eventual 3-2 loss to the Pirates. With none out and men on first and third, a Will Middlebrooks grounder hit the runner at third in fair territory. That...
Via FenwayNation
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates 3, Red Sox 2

The celebration of the 82nd win was just a little different this year. Instead of relief from the players, satisfaction from those within the organization, and pure joy from the fans, it was just another win.  It happened on the road, but if the 82nd win had been at home last year, the scene at PNC would have been nuts. On Thursday, it was almost shockingly subdued given the situation...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss
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