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The Keys to Sean Rodriguez Being a Productive Hitter

The Pittsburgh Pirates added Sean Rodriguez at a high cost this off-season. They traded promising pitching prospect Buddy Borden to the Rays, getting Rodriguez in return after the infielder was designated for assignment. Rodriguez had formerly been a strong utility player, worth about two wins per season, but has struggled the last few years, while also seeing his playing time drop...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Eight Flow Charts That Show the Pirates Depth at Each Position

I’ve talked a lot this off-season about how the Pittsburgh Pirates have a ton of depth for their starting lineup this year. Last year we saw an emergency situation where the team was left with Michael Martinez, Jayson Nix, and Brent Morel on the team at the same time for two weeks. The Pirates responded this off-season by trading for Sean Rodriguez, signing Corey Hart and Jung...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates as a 90 Win Team

In each of the last two years, whenever the ZiPS projections came out, I did a separate article using those projections to get an overall projection for the Pittsburgh Pirates that year. In 2013, that projection had the Pirates at 83 wins. That was low, since they ended up with 94 wins, although the projection was much higher than every other projection out there. Last year I did...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

The Kang Show

Jung-ho Kang (pronounced GAHNG) is officially a Pirate, as Friday’s announcement (plus a few reports earlier in the week) ended a couple weeks of speculation. Once the Pirates won the bidding for the negotiating rights, it wasn’t so much a question of if they would sign him, but for how much and how they would expect him to fit in. We have a better idea of that now: Kang...
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January 18, 2015  |  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...
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January 16, 2015  |  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...
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January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Pirates Could Have Up to Four Starters on Their Bench

Back in 2011, the Pittsburgh Pirates ran into a horrible situation with their catchers. They used eight catchers in the majors that year, with Michael McKenry getting the most playing time, despite the fact that he was acquired for cash considerations, and was about the fifth or sixth option they went with. Other options included Matt Pagnozzi, Wyatt Toregas, and Dusty Brown, with...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: You Can’t Say the Pirates Aren’t Focused on Winning in 2015

In the past few years, there have been questions about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ commitment to winning. There have been complaints that the Pirates aren’t acting like a winning team, and aren’t making moves a winning team should make. Complaints that the Pirates are focused too much on the future, and not enough on the now. Complaints that they’re wasting Andrew McCutchen...
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December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays sign 3 to minor league deals, complete trade

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have signed catcher Bobby Wilson, outfielder Corey Brown and utilityman Eugenio Velez, and also acquired minor league pitcher Buddy Borden as the player to be named in a trade this month that sent Sean Rodriguez to Pittsburgh. Wilson, Brown and Velez signed minor league contracts Friday. Borden completes a deal the Rays made with the...
Via AP on Fox
December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates send Buddy Borden to Tampa Bay to complete Sean Rodriguez trade

#Rays complete S-Rod trade by getting RHP Buddy Borden from #Pirates — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) December 12, 2014 I will admit to knowing almost nothing about Buddy Borden, other than that he was a 2013 draft pick of the Pirates. Borden was, in fact, the Pirates seventh round pick out of UNLV in 2013, and so the first thing that I noticed about him is that even though he...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Send Buddy Borden to the Rays to Complete the Sean Rodriguez Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded right-handed pitcher Buddy Borden to the Tampa Bay Rays to complete the Sean Rodriguez trade. We had Borden ranked 13th overall in our upcoming prospect guide. He pitched for Low-A West Virginia this year, where he had a 3.16 ERA in 126 innings, with 122 strikeouts, a 1.18 WHIP and a .220 BAA. The 22-year-old was a seventh round draft pick of the...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Have the Pirates Filled All of Their Needs Already?

Today might have wrapped up one of the most busy Winter Meetings I can remember. Normally on a Thursday, things have died down, the Rule 5 draft takes place, and it’s all over. This morning there were a wave of transactions that almost made you think the general managers wouldn’t make it for the draft. The Pirates didn’t have an active day. They didn’t select anyone at...
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December 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Rule 5 Draft Live Blog

The Rule 5 draft is today at noon EST, and is usually the last big event of the Winter Meetings. I’m not sure that will be the case this year, since this has been a very active week, and there have been a lot of transactions this morning. Either way, the Dodgers will have to briefly abandon their plan of trading with every single MLB club at noon as all of the teams get together...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Breaking Down the Antonio Bastardo Deal, and a Story on Joely Rodriguez

A little over four years ago I was driving up to Williamsport, PA on September 3rd, 2010. The minor league season was wrapping up, and I was finishing my second season running this site, and the first season where it was more of an overall look of the organization, rather than a close look at the Lynchburg Hillcats (who moved away to Bradenton that year) and a not-so-close look at...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: The Upper Level Roster Crunch that Might Give Way This Week

I’ve been finishing up the profiles in the 2015 Prospect Guide over the last week, getting ready to send the book to the publisher on Friday. In the process, I’ve noticed a bit of a roster crunch in the upper levels when it comes to first base. The Pirates currently have more first base and outfield options than they have positions in Altoona and Indianapolis. A few of the prospects...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Notes: Trade Targets, Lindblom Role, Liz Deal Holdup, Completing the Rodriguez Deal

There weren’t many big rumors surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates in today’s Winter Meetings. That’s not unexpected, since their main focus will be adding a starting pitcher, and the starting pitching market won’t open up until Jon Lester signs, which could be in the next day. Here are the smaller scale updates from day one of the Winter Meetings. **Rob Biertempfel says that...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

First Pitch: Thoughts on Sean Rodriguez, First Base Platoon, Third Base, and Non-Tenders

Today wasn’t an extremely busy day in terms of news for the Pittsburgh Pirates. But following the slow Thanksgiving break, and the slow week leading up to that break, today seemed like the Winter Meetings. The Pirates made two moves that impacted the MLB roster, announced the signings of three minor league free agents, and a rumor had them making Francisco Liriano a priority. Here...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss

News and notes: Sean Rodriguez, etc

- The Pirates made a move on Monday, and while it may not be a terribly exciting one, at least it involves an actual major league player that has a decent chance at helping them in 2015: The #Pirates have acquired INF Sean Rodriguez from the #Rays in exchange for a player to be named and cash considerations. — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) December 1, 2014 The best way to describe...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates acquire Sean Rodriguez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired infielder Sean Rodriguez from the Tampa Bay Rays, in exchange for cash considerations and a player to be named later. Rodriguez, 29, was designated for assignment by the Rays last week. He hit .211 in 237 at-bats and set career bests with 12 home runs and 41 RBIs. To make room for Rodriguez on their 40-man roster, the Pirates designated first...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays trade utilityman Sean Rodriguez to Pirates

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have traded utilityman Sean Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named and cash. Rodriguez played every position except pitcher and catcher for the Rays during the past five seasons. He has a .225 career average and appeared in 96 games this year, batting .211 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs. Tampa Bay designated the 29-year...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Sean Rodriguez

SEAN RODRIGUEZ SECOND BASEMAN Born: April 26, 1985Height: 6’0″Weight: 200Bats: RightThrows: RightDrafted: 3rd Round, 90th Overall, 2003 (Angels)How Acquired: Trade from Rays (for PTBNL or cash)High School: Braddock (FL) HSAgents: MVP Sports Group WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Rodriguez was a well regarded prospect with the Angels before becoming a mainstay...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Rumors: Pittsburgh acquires Sean Rodriguez from Tampa Bay

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired utility infielder/outfielder Sean Rodriguez from the Tampa Bay Rays, according to the Pirates Twitter page. In a corresponding move, Gaby Sanchez has been designated for assignment to make room for Rodriguez on the 40-man roster. #479548923 / gettyimages.com The #Pirates have acquired INF Sean Rodriguez from the #Rays in exchange for a...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Acquire Sean Rodriguez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired utility man Sean Rodriguez from the Tampa Bay Rays for a Player to Be Named Later and cash, according to Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Pirates also designated Gaby Sanchez for assignment in order to make room for the newly acquired Rodriguez. #Pirates acquire Sean Rodriguez from #Rays for PTBNL and cash. Designate Gaby Sanchez...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates acquire Sean Rodriguez from Rays, DFA Gaby Sanchez

As I was getting ready for bed last night, it occurred to me that I hadn’t written about the Pirates in over a week and that I needed to put something together since we’re headed into the heart of Hot Stove season now that Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is still more than three weeks away. This morning the Pirates have provided me with a topic: Marc Topkin at the Tampa Bay...
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays trade utility man Sean Rodriguez to Pirates

The Tampa Bay Rays traded utility man Sean Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for cash and a player to be named later Monday. Rodriguez, 29, hit a combined .228 with 40 home runs, 172 RBI and 32 stolen bases in the past five seasons, all with the Rays. He made appearances at all four infield positions and all three outfield slots. He was designated for assignment last Wednesday.
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December 01, 2014  |  Discuss
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