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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?
3 days ago  |  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
7 days ago  |  Discuss

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
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jung Ho Kang Will Begin His Career in the Majors as a Bat off the Bench For the Pirates

It was no surprise that Jung Ho Kang would be signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates this week. The rumors first came out last week, saying that Kang would be finalizing a deal by the middle of this week. Then there were rumors at the start of this week saying that Kang had agreed to a deal, and would be flying to Pittsburgh on Wednesday. All of that happened, and the Pirates officially...
Via Pirates Prospects
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Update on Jung-Ho Kang’s Negotiations, Gaby Sanchez Heads to Japan

Bill Brink had an article this morning in which he says that the agent of Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang is confident they will come to an agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Alan Nero represents Kang and he called the negotiations very positive, saying that Neal Huntington has “tried very hard to basically come to the table with an offer”. The two sides have until January...
Via Pirates Prospects
17 days ago  |  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...
Via Hidden Vigorish
20 days ago  |  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...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
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

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
December 16, 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

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...
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

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...
Via Pirates Prospects
December 10, 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...
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...
Via Hidden Vigorish
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...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
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...
Via Pirates Prospects
September 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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