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Offense is fun

The Pirates remembered how to hit the baseball on Friday, and it was good: Every starting position player reached base at least once. Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte both had huge games, which they both badly needed. Polanco had three hits including a double and was motoring around the bases all night. Marte had an infield hit, a steal, and a colossal blast to put the game away...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 Pirates: Meet the new guys

With the season under way, you don’t need a breakdown of the entire Pirates’ roster – you know who the main guys are, and most of the significant pieces have not changed. But if you haven’t followed the offseason and/or spring training all that closely, I’ll introduce you to the new Bucs that you may not know much about. Arquimedes Caminero Caminero was probably the most...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Benches clear, Pirates hit 6 homers in win over Phillies

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) A shouting match between coaches cleared the benches in a rare testy spring training game, and Pedro Alvarez homered twice, including a grand slam, as the Pittsburgh Pirates teed off on the Philadelphia Phillies for an 18-4 victory Monday. Josh Harrison, Starling Marte, Tony Sanchez and Pedro Florimon also connected for the Pirates, who hit six home runs. Alvarez...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Backup plans

Last year, the Pirates started the season with Pedro Alvarez at third base, Travis Ishikawa at first base, Wandy Rodriguez and Charlie Morton in the rotation, Jason Grilli in the bullpen, and a right field slot reserved for Gregory Polanco. By the end of the season, Polanco was the only one of those players even still on the active roster, and the Pirates made the playoffs anyway...
Via WHYGAVS?
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Rodriguez < 500

There is a chicken-or-the-egg game to be played with Sean Rodriguez and Jung Ho Kang right now that goes a little something like this: Would the Pirates have traded a decentish prospect like Buddy Borden for a player that had been designated for assignment like Sean Rodriguez if they knew that they were only a few weeks away from winning the Jung Ho Kang bidding? The answer, I think...
Via WHYGAVS?
March 20, 2015  |  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...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
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...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2015  |  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...
Via WHYGAVS?
December 12, 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...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
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...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
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...
Via AP on Fox
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...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
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...
Via Baseball Essential
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...
Via WHYGAVS?
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.
Via Fox Sports Florida
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Hot Stove: Mariners Sign Nelson Cruz, Pirates Acquire Sean Rodriguez

According to a report from the Dominican Republic the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a four-year deal with Nelson Cruz worth $57 million dollars. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN confirmed the report and added that the deal is still pending a physical. Cruz, 34, led the majors with 40 home runs this year while driving in 108 runs, slugging .525 and posting a 140 OPS+. Also, the Pittsburgh...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays Sign Reliever Ernesto Frieri To One Year Deal

The Tampa Bay Rays have signed free agent reliever Ernesto Frieri to a one year contract, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune. His deal is worth 800,000 in guaranteed money, and 2.35 million in potential incentives. #Rays sign RHP Ernesto Frieri to a 1-year major league contract and DFA inf Sean Rodriguez — RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) November 26, 2014 Frieri can earn...
Via Baseball Essential
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays sign reliever Ernesto Frieri, designate Sean Rodriguez

The Tampa Bay Rays signed reliever Ernesto Frieri on Wednesday and designated utility man Sean Rodriguez for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. Frieri, 29, was a free agent who went 1-4 with a 7.34 ERA and 48 strikeouts over 48 appearances between the Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates last season. The right-hander also spent time with the San Diego Padres (2009...
Via Fox Sports Florida
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays sign Ernesto Frieri, designate Sean Rodriguez for assignment

The Rays have signed free agent releif pitcher Ernesto Frieri to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $800,000. Frieri can earn as much as $3.15 million in his new deal with the Rays if he can fulfill all of the incentives. The 29-year-old split time between the Angels and Pirates last season posting miserable 7.34 ERA in 48 games. The Rays have had success in the past signing...
Via Tireball.com
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays could trade or release Jose Molina, Sean Rodriguez being shopped

Getty Images The Tampa Bay Rays are looking to trade or release catcher Jose Molina this offseason reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. While the Rays would obviously prefer to find a trade partner for Molina it will be hard to impossible given his $2.75 million salary. Despite being 39, Molina could still be a useful backup for some teams but coming off a .178/.230/.187...
Via Tireball.com
November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays position analysis: Third base

The offseason has arrived, and the time has come for the Tampa Bay Rays to study what went right and wrong from a season that ended short of October. In the coming weeks, we'll break down the Rays at each position. The review will include highlights and lowlights for the players that saw a majority of the action there, and we'll touch on the possibility of their returns. This week...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays position analysis: Second base

The offseason has arrived, and the time has come for the Tampa Bay Rays to study what went right and wrong from a season that ended short of October. In the coming weeks, we'll break down the Rays at each position. The review will include highlights and lowlights for the players that saw a majority of the action there, and we'll touch on the possibility of their returns. This week...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays position analysis: First base

The offseason has arrived, and the time has come for the Tampa Bay Rays to study what went right and wrong from a season that ended short of October. In the coming weeks, we'll break down the Rays at each position. The review will include highlights and lowlights for the players that saw a majority of the action there, and we'll touch on the possibility of their returns. To start...
Via Fox Sports Florida
October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays enter strange offseason with goal fixing issues from down year

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays' season began in late March with an optimistic outlook that appeared like wishful thinking come mid-August, the transformation proof that baseball can be a fickle game that scatters the best of intentions. By Monday, there was little new left to say about a year of unmet hope. "Tough," utility man Sean Rodriguez said in a corridor outside...
Via Fox Sports Florida
September 29, 2014  |  Discuss
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