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Winter Leagues: Big Game From Edwin Espinal, Bryan Sousa Makes His Debut

In the Dominican on Thursday night, Edwin Espinal made his first start of the season count. He went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and he drove in two runs. Espinal spent this season in Low-A ball, so the lack of playing time isn’t surprising considering the difference in play between Low-A and winter ball in the Dominican. He has been playing in their version of the minor...
Via Pirates Prospects
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

All-Time Indians: Rafael Perez

Name: Rafael Jerome Perez Position: Relief Pitcher Tribe Time: 2006-2012 Number: 53     DOB: 05/15/1982 Stats W L W% ERA G Hld SV SVO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP BAA Best Season (2007) 1 2 .333 1.79 44 12 1 2 60.2 41 12 5 15 62 0.93 .185 Career 21 12 .636 3.64 338 69 3 17 329.0 320 133 26 117 268 1.33 .245 Post Season Career 1 0 1.000 7.71 6 0 0 0 7 10 6 3 3 6 1.86 .323 The position...
Via Burning River Baseball
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Willy Garcia Homers, Shows Improvements at the Plate

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, three Pirates players saw action for Aguilas Cibaenas. Willy Garcia went 1-for-4, with his fourth home run of the season. He is second in homers to Sebastian Valle(five) among Pirates in winter ball. He is having a winter season very similar to his regular season for Altoona, hitting .269/.314/.462 in winter VS .271/.311/.478 for Altoona. His...
Via Pirates Prospects
1 day ago  |  Discuss

First Pitch: A Different and Easier Approach to the Pitching Staff This Year

In 2012, the Pirates needed A.J. Burnett to bounce back in order to have a shot at a top of the rotation starter. They had Burnett in 2013, but needed Francisco Liriano to bounce back in order to join Burnett at the top of the rotation and make the pitching staff stronger. Last year they parted with Burnett, and brought in Edinson Volquez to replace him. They also brought in Vance...
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Eddie V to KC

If you were holding out hope for Edinson Volquez to come back, it’s time to move on. Volquez agreed to a 2-year, $20 million deal with the Royals on Wednesday, doubling the length and annual money he earned in his one year with the Pirates. It’s a shame that his tenure with the Bucs ended with the awful Wild Card game, but Volquez was an extremely important piece of the 2014...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Edinson Volquez signs with the Royals

Ray Searage helped make Edinson Volquez a rich man: Jon Heyman reported this afternoon that the Royals have signed Volquez to a two-year/$20 million deal. I am of two minds about this deal. My first thought is that I’m happy that the Pirates didn’t give this sort of deal to Volquez. I’m relatively certain that his 2014 was a mirage and while I have a lot of confidence in the...
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Royals sign Edinson Volquez

According to SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo, the Kansas City Royals have signed veteran starter Edinson Volquez to a 2 year/$20 million deal: Sources: #Royals, Edinson Volquez closing in on deal believed to be in the two-year, $20M range. One source believes physical is last step. — Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) December 17, 2014 In 2014 with the Pittsburgh Pirates, the 31-year...
Via Baseball Essential
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Royals sign Edinson Volquez to 2-year deal

In what appears to be the final big move of the off-season, the Kansas City Royals have agreed to terms on what is believed to be a two year deal worth $20 million with right-handed starter, Edinson Volquez. Volquez was with the Pirates last season and had a 13-7 record in 192.2 inning with a […]
Via Pine Tar Press
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Pirates Injury Update: Jameson Taillon aiming to throw off mound in January

The Pittsburgh Pirates head into the off season after a successful 88-win season and an appearance in the National League Wild Card game. At 10th in the Major Leagues in runs scored and eighth in ERA, the Pirates have plenty to build on. One young player who could have an impact at some point next season is pitcher Jameson Taillon, who has made progress following surgery this...
Via Sports Injury Alert
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Regents approve hiring of Tony Sanchez as new head coach at UNLV

  Nevada university regents have approved hiring Bishop Gorman High School's Tony Sanchez as UNLV's new head coach. Sanchez was signed to a four-year contract paying him $500,000 plus bonuses. University officials announced the11-0 vote on Tuesday, days after Sanchez was named to the job by UNLV President Donald Snyder and athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy. UNLV becomes one of...
Via AP on Fox
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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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First Pitch: Looking at the Pirates Starting Pitching Depth in 2015 and Beyond

The Pittsburgh Pirates entered the off-season with a need for two starting pitchers. They filled those needs with A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano, who both join Gerrit Cole to give the Pirates a good trio at the top of the rotation. Charlie Morton is right behind those three, and could be healthy by Opening Day. Finally, they’ll have Jeff Locke and Vance Worley fighting it...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Frank Coonelly shed some light on Giancarlo Stanton’s contract

This weekend during PirateFest in Pittsburgh, Pirates owner Frank Coonelly had some comments about Giancarlo Stanton’s landmark 13-year, $325 million contract. The numbers involved with the deal blow his mind, and he shared an interesting line of thinking from Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and president David Samson – they firmly expect Stanton to exercise the opt-out in the contract...
Via The Outside Corner
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Notes: Ray Searage on Cole and Morton; Holdzkom’s Focus, Polanco in Right Field

Over the weekend at PirateFest, several players and Ray Searage met with the media to discuss the upcoming season. Here are some notes from a few of those interviews, starting with a few notes from Searage. **Gerrit Cole was up and down in 2014, but showed flashes of his ace potential, especially in the month of September when he had a 45:6 K/BB ratio to go along with a 2.55 xFIP...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Alen Hanson Makes a Brief Return to the Lineup, Valle Leaves With Hand Injury

On Sunday night in the Dominican, Alen Hanson returned after missing seven weeks due to a right hand injury suffered when he was hit by a pitch. His return to the lineup didn’t last long though. After playing second base in the first inning(handling one grounder) and then grounding out to third base in the bottom of the inning, Hanson was replaced on defense to start the second...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

News and notes: Liz, PirateFest, more

It was a busy week for the Pirates – winter meetings, caravan, Piratefest, and a number of moves. One move that came toward the end of the week and may have gone under the radar a bit was the (official) signing of pitcher Radhames Liz. This signing has been rumored for almost a month, but it was originally reported as a two year deal, $3M deal and ended up being just one (money...
Via Raise the Jolly Roger!
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Pirates release awful camo jersey for 2015 season

I thought the camo jersey craze was over. Apparently, it’s not. The Pittsburgh Pirates were hyping up a new alternate jersey for the 2015 season, and they revealed it at PirateFest on Saturday. Of course, it’s a hideous camo jersey that will be worn at all Thursday home games. WHY GOD, WHY?!?!? We're giving away some of our SIGNED camo jerseys all weekend! Just use #PirateFest...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Pirates unveil alternate camo jerseys for 2015 season

I thought the camo jersey craze was over. Apparently, it’s not. The Pittsburgh Pirates were hyping up a new alternate jersey for the 2015 season, and they revealed it at PirateFest on Saturday. Of course, it’s a hideous camo jersey that will be worn at all Thursday home games. WHY GOD, WHY?!?!? We're giving away some of our SIGNED camo jerseys all weekend! Just use #PirateFest...
Via The Outside Corner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Winter Leagues: Sebastian Valle Collects Three Hits, Harold Ramirez Named to All-Star Team

In Mexico on Saturday, Sebastian Valle went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. When the Pirates signed him three weeks ago, he had a .534 OPS through his first 20 games. Valle has now played 18 games since signing and he has raised his season OPS 330 points during that time. While his plate appearances fall short of qualifying for league leaders, his OPS would rank him eighth best...
Via Pirates Prospects
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Contract Details For Radhames Liz and Updated 2015 Payroll Numbers

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced their deal with right-handed pitcher Radhames Liz on Friday. Today the details were reported by Rob Biertempfel. The original deal was said to be for two years and $3 M. After some issues with his physical, the two sides reworked the deal and now Liz is signed for $1M over one year. As noted yesterday, Liz only has 0.133 days of service time, so he...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

The Pirates hate good taste

We've announced our NEW camouflage alternate jersey which will be worn on Thurs home games in 2015 #PirateFest pic.twitter.com/erWMxDKm3o — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) December 13, 2014
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Winter Leagues: High-Priced International Signing Among Pirates Playing in Panama

The final winter league to start play this year(and every year) is the Panama League. The rosters have been released and three Pittsburgh Pirates players are on the active rosters, while another is listed as a reserve. There is one very interesting name among this group, 17-year-old right-handed pitcher Brian Sousa. He signed for $160,000 on July 2nd, as soon as the international...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Storylines: Pirates announce re-signing of Liriano

In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI. Here are the stories from Friday, Dec. 12.  Top Stories: The Pirates may have lost Russell Martin to free agency, but they were able to retain their other...
Via Indians Baseball Insider
6 days ago  |  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...
Via Pirates Prospects
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Angels invite Wilk to spring training: 'Pretty cool, to wear the hometown jersey'

Like any kid who grew up playing baseball in Orange County, Adam Wilk always dreamed of throwing off the mound at the Big A. And the Cypress native may finally get a chance to do that next season. He'll finally be able to fulfill a little part of that dream in spring training when he puts on Angels uniform for the first time.  But for the left-hander out of Long Beach State to be...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss
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