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The Rumors About the Marlins Being Interested in Pedro Alvarez Can Be Put to Rest

Throughout the off-season, Neal Huntington has said that Pedro Alvarez will be the starting first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Meanwhile, there have been some rumors about how the Pirates could still trade him. A specific rumor came up last week, saying the Pirates and Marlins discussed an Alvarez-for-Nathan Eovaldi deal. That deal sounded too good to be true. Eovaldi has...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Left-hander Liriano, Pirates finalize $39M, 3-year contract

  The Pirates wanted to keep Francisco Liriano at the top end of their rotation so badly they offered the left-handed pitcher the most lucrative free-agent contract in team history. General manager Neal Huntington thinks the fact Liriano agreed to a $39 million, three-year deal so quickly serves as proof that the Pirates have established themselves as a legitimate threat in the...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Liriano, Pirates finalize $39M, 3-year contract

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pirates wanted to keep Francisco Liriano at the top end of their rotation so badly they offered the left-handed pitcher the most lucrative free agent contract in team history. General manager Neal Huntington thinks the fact Liriano agreed to a $39 million, three-year deal so quickly serves as proof that the Pirates have established themselves as a legitimate...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Has Neal Huntington Found a New Way to Stash Depth Players?

Almost every team runs into a roster crunch at some point. When a roster crunch occurs hard choices have to be made and players with no remaining options are designated for assignment. Often times these are useful players that the team would like to retain. But that is not always possible. If players are useful to your team chances are likely they will be useful to other teams as...
Via Hidden Vigorish
7 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Is Pittsburgh Finally Becoming a Destination For Free Agents?

A few years ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates tried to go after Jorge De La Rosa, offering him a three-year deal. He ended up re-signing with the Colorado Rockies, in part because they gave him a player option and the Pirates wouldn’t, but also to remain with a team that he was familiar and comfortable with. A year later, they pursued Edwin Jackson on a three-year deal. He ended up turning...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Ike, Ike, Baby… Pirates DFA Davis

The Pittsburgh Pirates designated former Mets first basemen Ike Davis for assignment yesterday.  Pirates GM Neal Huntington told reporters, “As we sit here right now, we’ve essentially committed to Pedro over Ike Davis”. The organization feels the position must be cleared for resident third basemen Pedro Alvarez, who packs an outstanding power bat, but lacks the defensive...
Via Mets Merized Online
28 days ago  |  Discuss

GM Neal Huntington Not Wasting Time This Offseason

We are barely two weeks into the MLB Hot Stove Season and Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington has already pulled the trigger on two major moves. On November 12th the Pirates acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees in exchange for pitcher Justin Wilson. Cervelli and backup catcher Chris Stewart make for a decent tandem that should give the Pirates at least a competent...
Via Hidden Vigorish
November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: After Signing Burnett, the Pirates are Set Up For a Very Interesting Off-Season

I kind of get the feeling that Neal Huntington has this off-season mapped out. If he did, it wouldn’t be any different than previous off-seasons. Last year rather than extending a qualifying offer to A.J. Burnett, they tried for James Loney and Edinson Volquez. When Loney signed with the Rays, they turned back to Burnett with the remaining money. The plan worked out a little better...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 15, 2014  |  Discuss

A.J. Burnett Took Less Money to End His Career and Win a Ring in Pittsburgh

After signing a one year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, A.J. Burnett said a lot of things that Pirates fans might have never thought they would hear just a few years ago. He talked about how he wanted to end his career in a place that he liked, and that his one year deal with the Pirates would be his last season. He talked about taking less money in order to allow the team to...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Will Acquire a Catcher if Russell Martin Signs Elsewhere

This morning on MLB Network, Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington was a guest on Hot Stove and had some interesting comments on the Pirates off-season plans, including their back-up plan if catcher Russell Martin doesn’t re-sign with the club. Below are some excerpts from the interview, which focused on the plan of attack this winter. Huntington is currently in Arizona attending...
Via Pirates Prospects
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Gather Around the Hot Stove Pirates Fans

Now that a new World Series Champion has been crowned we can put the 2014 MLB season in the books and officially begin the Hot Stove season. What is in store for the Pittsburgh Pirates this offseason? Will it be quiet like last year, or does GM Neal Huntington have some surprises up his sleeve? Let’s get started with the questions the Pirates must answer before Spring Training...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Injury Update: Pedro Alvarez will not need surgery on foot

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost last Wednesday in the National League Wild Card game to the San Francisco Giants by the score of 8-0. The loss ended he season for the Pirates, who won 88 games this season. There is good news on the injury front, as third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who struggled with a sprained left foot, will not need surgery. #455200252 / gettyimages.com I reported...
Via Sports Injury Alert
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Maybe No Move Was the Right Move

“No move was the right move.” That’s a quote that was destined to be tossed around by message board critics from the moment it was spoken. Neal Huntington issued the quote after talking about how they explored the market, how they missed out on a few players because other teams were looking for MLB players and not prospects, and how anything else wouldn’t have made sense...
Via Pirates Prospects
October 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Pittsburgh weighing options with Russell Martin

The Pittsburgh Pirates are currently deciding between the possible options they have for catcher Russell Martin such as whether to re-sign him or to let him walk in free agency. #456494282 / gettyimages.com This is according to a report by Travis Sawchik on triblive.com:The Pirates figure to face some of their most difficult choices in the Neal Huntington era: Do they match...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 9-15-14 thru 9-21-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 9/15/14 thru 9/21/14, the 25th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 5 wins and 1 Losses, 21 Runs Scored and 6 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Russell Martin. The Pirates scored just 5 runs in the weekend series against the Brewers. Martin drove in 4 of those runs. His clutch hitting was just...
Via Hidden Vigorish
September 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Vance Worley to Start on Sunday After Charlie Morton Ruled Out

Vance Worley will be starting Sunday’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Pittsburgh Pirates’ General Manager Neal Huntington announced. The start was previously slated to go to Charlie Morton, who returned from the disabled list to start on Tuesday against the Red Sox. As we reported yesterday, Morton’s status was up in the air for Sunday. Huntington ruled out Morton in today’s...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Extend Their Contract With West Virginia Through the 2018 Season

The Pittsburgh Pirates have extended their Player Development Contract with the West Virginia Power through the 2018 season. The previous PDC was set to expire after this season, prior to the four-year extension. The Pirates first joined up with West Virginia in 2009, meaning the extension will carry them through their tenth year with the Power franchise. Neal Huntington spoke about...
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September 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: The right move was no move?!?

(Follow me on Twitter @jim_krug; opening image credit Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Over the past 7 games, the mathematical percentage of the Pittsburgh Pirates reaching the National League playoffs  has dropped from over 60% down to just 20.8% during a 7-game losing streak that’s seen the club not only sink to 64-62, but also descend back to .500 baseball (21-21) since July 1st....
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August 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Game 120: Tigers 8 Pirates 4

For all of the good things that Neal Huntington and his front office have done for this Pirate franchise in the past few years, it’s easy to wonder if maybe they aren’t a victim of their own hubris when it comes to the Pirate bullpen in 2014. The Pirates have had plenty of luck finding relievers in all kinds of places over the past couple of years, but in the past 12 months...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 8-4-14 thru 8-10-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 8/4/14 thru 8/10/14, the 19th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 3 wins and 3 Losses, 22 Runs Scored and 22 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Gregory Polanco. Polanco stepped up in a big way this week to make up for some of the lost offense missing from the lineup with Andrew McCutchen out...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 11, 2014  |  Discuss

The New and Improved Vanimal

Jim Benedict has done it again. Benedict is a Special Assistant to Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington. The title does little to describe what he actually does. Benedict rebuilds pitchers. He is a guru at taking formerly successful pitchers that have lost their way and putting them back on the right path. The success stories attributed to Benedict’s coaching include Charlie ...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Recent Bullpen Usage and the Need to Bank Wins

Here is the bullpen usage of the Pirates’ primary relievers over the last 14 games: Games Innings Justin Wilson 7 5.1 Jared Hughes 7 6 Ernesto Frieri 6 5.2 Tony Watson 6 7 Jeanmar Gomez 5 4 Mark Melancon 3 2.2   Last night Clint Hurdle needed his pen to protect a 2-1 lead against the Marlins in the 8th inning. Despite having the previous day off, primary...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 7-28-14 thru 8-3-14

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 7/28/14 thru 8/3/14, the 18th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 baseball season.   Weekly result: 4 wins and 3 Losses, 36 Runs Scored and 25 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: Josh Harrison. JHay was on fire this week. He smashed 4 homers and sparked late inning come from behind wins on Friday and Saturday night against the...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Trade Deadline Blues

The July 31st 4pm MLB non-waiver trade deadline came and went without the Pittsburgh Pirates making any moves. The Pirates were rumored to be involved in discussions for nearly every major top of the rotation pitcher that was on the market. At various points this week the Pirates were considered front runners to land Jon Lester and David Price. In the end they were trumped by Oakland...
Via Hidden Vigorish
August 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Let’s try this again: Trade Deadline open thread

I sat down this morning, had about two sentences of a “Trade Deadline Open Thread” post written, and Jon Lester got traded. I have no idea if the Pirates will trade for anyone else today, but I’m not sure that the Cespedes for Lester deal sets the market in a place that they can’t do anything. Really, the more I think about that deal, the more I think it’s a weird and unique...
Via WHYGAVS?
July 31, 2014  |  Discuss
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