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Pirates TWIBB Notes for Week of 5-4-15 to 5-10-15

Here are your This Week in Buccos Baseball Notes for 5/4/15 thru 5/10/15, the 5th week of the Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 regular season.   Weekly result: 3 Wins and 3 Losses, 24 Runs Scored and 28 Runs Allowed   Hero of the week: For the second week in a row Jung Ho Kang takes hero honors. Kang collected 7 hits in 16 ABs this week. On Sunday he blasted his first home run at PNC...
Via Hidden Vigorish
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: This isn’t your old Buccos’ tale

The old narratives that use to apply to the Pittsburgh Pirates no longer applies, it hasn’t for quite some time as it turns out. No longer are the days of trading a star player, getting a handful of young players – who usually didn’t pan out to be anything – and then trading those who did turn out to be tradable assets. Signing Andrew McCutchen well into his free agent...
Via Sports-Glory
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Final Analysis of the Pirates Offseason

On the eve of a new baseball season it seems an appropriate time to take a final retrospective of the Pittsburgh Pirates offseason. The 2015 Pirates will return most of the core from a team that has qualified for the playoffs as the NL Wildcard each of the last two seasons. The lone exception is star catcher Russell Martin who signed with the Blue Jays.   Because the Pirates...
Via Hidden Vigorish
April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: Offseason in review, part 3

How are the Pittsburgh Pirates shaping up heading into the 2015 MLB season?  Read part 1 here, where we covered: High point of the offseason High point honorable mention Low point of the offseason Low point honorable mention In part 2, we discussed: Wild card of the offseason Smart non-move of the offseason Poor non-move of the offseason Here in part 3, we tie up all of the loose...
Via isportsweb.com
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

After two decades of baseball anonymity, the Steel City has become much more than just a football town thanks to the last two seasons of Pirate prosperity. The ascension of Andrew McCutchen to MVP status has highlighted Neal Huntington’s long rebuilding process, and the Pirates have become one of the best teams in the National League because of it. Now in the throes of success...
Via Bloguin Best
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

After two decades of baseball anonymity, the Steel City has become much more than just a football town thanks to the last two seasons of Pirate prosperity. The ascension of Andrew McCutchen to MVP status has highlighted Neal Huntington’s long rebuilding process, and the Pirates have become one of the best teams in the National League because of it. Now in the throes of success...
Via The Outside Corner
March 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Arquimedes Caminero < 500

In the early years of the Neal Huntington era, Huntington would fill the roster with pitchers like Tyler Yates and Franquelis Osoria and take shots at pitchers like Kevin Hart and Donnie Veal. Occasionally he’d unearth a diamond in the rough like Evan Meek or hit it big on a trade with a pitcher like James McDonald, but mostly the roster was filled with hard-throwing crap that...
Via WHYGAVS?
March 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Radhames Liz < 500

One of my absolute favorite things about the Neal Huntington front office is that they absolutely do not care what anyone else thinks about what they do. People freaked out last year about the Cole Tucker draft pick and then that the Pirates didn’t save a significant amount of slot money with his bonus, but the Pirates just kind of shrugged, pointed out how young he was, and moved...
Via WHYGAVS?
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Burnett returns to Pittsburgh for one final season

  General managers dream of this, right? A desirable free agent calls, tells you he wants to play for your team, tells you he will not negotiate with any other club. Eureka! A negotiation cannot get any easier! “Actually,” Pirates GM Neal Huntington said Thursday. “It was almost awkward.” Yes, A.J. Burnett wanted to return to the Pirates, wanted to play one more year, wanted...
Via Fox Sports
February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates Spring Training Preview: Five Things to Watch For

One of the phrases I most look forward to hearing every new year is “Pitchers and Catchers”. It means the boys of summer are ready to come out and play again. It means the long cold winter will soon be ending. It means another baseball season is just around the corner. For Gerrit Cole and company it means time to get back to work. Pirates pitchers and catchers are scheduled...
Via Hidden Vigorish
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Jordy Mercer < 500

I’m not sure any player validates the whole Neal Huntington front office approach quite as much as Jordy Mercer. That seems like a crazy place to start, so bear with me. Mercer was a third-round pick in 2008, drafted one round after Chase d’Arnaud and generally slightly less-well regarded than d’Arnaud in the early part of his career. Mercer didn’t do much of anything in...
Via WHYGAVS?
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates Sell High on Travis Snider

Maximizing value is the key to success for any resource starved low revenue major league baseball team. Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington has a fairly strong track record when it comes to buying low on talent. His eye for finding undervalued assets is one of the biggest reasons the Pirates have turned into a contender after so many years of being a laughingstock...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Travis Snider traded to Orioles

The Pirates sent Travis Snider to Baltimore in exchange for pitching prospect Stephen Tarpley and another player to be named later on Tuesday night.  Just when it was looking like the Bucs were done making moves for the winter, Neal Huntington struck again…although this one is a bit of a head scratcher so far. Although there hadn’t been any rumors leading up to this, it shouldn’t...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Fangraphs on Jung-ho Kang’s defense and the Pirates’ defensive strategies

The key passage from Miles Wray’s article: But I’d like to propose that, at least when it comes to fielding, Kang and the Pirates are a wonderful fit for one another, defensively speaking. I say this because Neal Huntington and his analytics team have been pulling off a wonderful trick for the last three years: in each season, the Pirates have put together an above-average defensive...
Via WHYGAVS?
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Arbitration Settlements and the Pirates Payroll

The Pirates came to terms last week with nine arbitration eligible players. The big winners were Mark Melancon and Josh Harrison. Both received substantial raises. The biggest news was not who the Pirates settled with, but who they did not settle with. Agreements could not be reached with Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez, and Vance Worley. Team policy is to not negotiate once arbitration...
Via Hidden Vigorish
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Pirates Bench is Well Constructed

The Pirates every day lineup, the starting rotation, and the bullpen will look much the same in 2015 as it did last season. Although Catcher Russell Martin was lost to free agent, as was starting pitcher Edinson Volquez, the rest of the team returns mostly intact. GM Neal Huntington filled the holes by trading RP Justin Wilson to the Yankees for C Francisco Cervelli. A.J. Burnett...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

MLB News: Pirates win Jung-Ho Kang auction

The Pittsburgh Pirates were the ball-club that submitted the highest bid for Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang. pirates won bidding for kang — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 22, 2014 The bid of of $5 million was formally accepted on Monday by the Nexen Heroes (Kang’s team in Japan) to start the negotiating clock for the power-hitting infielder. Pittsburgh has 30 days...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Jung-Ho Kang and a Whole Lot of Firsts

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been awarded the winning posting bid for the right to exclusively negotiate with Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang. The posting fee bid from the Pirates is reported to be $5 million. Kang is a 28 year old right-handed hitting shortstop for the Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO). Kang is a 5-time all-star in the KBO. Last season he put up...
Via Hidden Vigorish
December 22, 2014  |  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...
Via AP on Fox
December 12, 2014  |  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
December 12, 2014  |  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
November 21, 2014  |  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...
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November 16, 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 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...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
October 05, 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
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