Wilmoth

Charlie Wilmoth

  • joined Mar 25, 2008
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I've been writing about the Pirates since 2004. In addition to running Bucs Dugout, I also write for MLB Trade Rumors. I'm a composer and I teach music theory at a small college in Ohio.

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Pirates' payroll ranks 27th in big leagues

The Pirates' payroll ranks 27th out of 30 big-league teams, according to the Associated Press. There are a ton of variables that go into determining a team's payroll, and the lowest-payroll team,...

Pirates acquire Vance Worley

The Pirates have announced that they've acquired pitcher Vance Worley from the Twins for cash. The Twins outrighted Worley last week after he pitched poorly last year. This looks like mostly a...

Wei-Chung Wang makes Brewers

Pitcher Wei-Chung Wang, who was selected from the Pirates in the Rule 5 Draft, has made the Brewers out of spring training. He's pitched very well this spring, but that doesn't mean he'll be able...

An excerpt from Dry Land

Here's the introduction to Dry Land, which you can buy here and here. * * * You’re not supposed to go to a carnival to feel miserable. And yet here I am, surrounded by thousands of baseball...

Pirates option Andrew Lambo

The Pirates made a series of cuts today. Most importantly, they optioned Andrew Lambo to Indianapolis, which means Gaby Sanchez and Travis Ishikawa will start the year at first base. They also...

Dry Land now available

My book, Dry Land, is finally available! You can find physical copies at CreateSpace. (You can also get it at Amazon, and I thank you no matter where you buy it, but I get a much higher royalty at...

Travis Ishikawa has 'good chance' at roster spot

Jon Heyman tweets that Travis Ishikawa has "a good chance" to win a roster spot and split first base with Gaby Sanchez. It would be extremely disappointing if Ishikawa got the job over Lambo, and...

Pirates not interested in Juan Francisco

The Pirates are not interested in first baseman Juan Francisco, who the Brewers recently placed on release waivers, Ken Rosenthal tweets. Francisco is a lefty, which would seem to make him a good...

Pirates, DBacks have discussed Gregorius trade

Jon Morosi tweets that the Pirates and Diamondbacks have discussed a trade involving shortstop Didi Gregorius. This doesn't really make sense. The Pirates already have two shortstops on their...

Jameson Taillon has sore elbow

Jameson Taillon has elbow pain, Tim Williams reports. An MRI came up clean, but obviously, any elbow or shoulder injury is worrisome for a top prospect. “They kept saying how big and strong...

Pirates have tried to extend Starling Marte

The Pirates have tried at least twice to sign Starling Marte to an extension, but have been rejected each time. The news comes via Rob Biertempfel; I discuss the context of a Starling Marte...

Clay Holmes has Tommy John; Austin Meadows out

A couple of injury updates on Pirates minor-leaguers: -P- Clay Holmes has had Tommy John surgery, which typically will knock a pitcher out for a year. Last week, Holmes visited Dr. James Andrews....

Pirates will not make deal for catcher

Neal Huntington says the Pirates will not trade for a catcher in Chris Stewart's absence, and instead will go with Russell Martin and Tony Sanchez. As a writer, this spring training feels like an...

Pirates make 8 spring training cuts

The Pirates have made the following cuts from big-league spring training: -P- They have reassigned infielder Chase d'Arnaud and pitchers Jake Brigham, Cody Eppley, Josh Kinney and Yao-Hsun Yang. -...

Pirates release Zac Fuesser, Seth McClung

The Pirates have released minor-league pitchers Zac Fuesser, Dalton Friend, Ethan Hollingsworth and Kevin Kleis, as well as big-league NRI Seth McClung. McClung, 33, has not pitched in the big...

Notes: Wang, Reds, Morris

-P- Wei-Chung Wang, who the Brewers selected from the Pirates in the Rule 5 Draft, struggled in his start today, allowing three runs in 2.2 innings. He had previously pitched 8.1 scoreless...

Pirates could trade Bryan Morris, Jeanmar Gomez

It's no surprise, but Ken Davidoff writes that the Pirates are open to trading Bryan Morris or Jeanmar Gomez. They would prefer to keep Gomez, Davidoff notes, because he's capable of starting....

Pirates get good news on Chris Stewart

Via Bill Brink, Chris Stewart had knee surgery today, and it looks like it could keep him out as little as four to six weeks. It had previously sounded like Stewart might need to be out for much...

Notes: Workload monitoring devices, Mathisen

-P- This is interesting -- the Pirates are having some players wear some sort of sensor devices to detect their heart rates and how much energy they're consuming. "It's interesting to see at...

Mets again shopping Ike Davis

The Mets are shopping Ike Davis again, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports. The problem is that Davis has a calf injury and has been sitting out of spring training games for two weeks. He has...

Pirates taking offers on Jose Tabata, Vin Mazzaro

The Pirates are "shopping" Jose Tabata, Rob Biertempfel reports. #Pirates shopping RF Jose Tabata. Will be interesting to see if there are any takers with three years, $12.25M left on contract. ...

Chris Stewart likely to have knee surgery

Catcher Chris Stewart will visit Dr. James Andrews and is likely to have knee surgery, Bill Brink tweets. That means it's now almost certain that Tony Sanchez will make the team. It's unclear now...

Bryan Morris looking more impressive this spring

Travis Sawchik (lots of Travis Sawchik here recently) reports that Bryan Morris is looking more impressive in camp: Scouts were buzzing about Morris, too, double checking their radar guns versus...

Pirates could deal from bullpen depth

Neal Huntington says the Pirates could trade from their relief depth: Huntington on bullpen depth: "Maybe it’s a chance to move a guy that can go help someone else to add a piece." I think...

Notes: Volquez, Cardinals, Urias

-P- Neal Huntington offers support for Edinson Volquez: "Barring injury, we see Edinson in our rotation to start the season. We believe in the stuff. We believe we can help him." There's no...

Edinson Volquez struggles as Pirates lose

Edinson Volquez struggled in three innings of work as the Pirates lost to the Rays this afternoon, 6-3. Now, it's spring, and nobody is a bigger fan than I am of preemptively shutting down...

Phillies win praise for A.J. Burnett deal

Ben Nicholson-Smith of SportsNet.ca asks MLB agents about the best free-agent deals of the offseason, and they list A.J. Burnett's deal with the Phillies, which guarantees him $22.5 million over...

Pirates option Gregory Polanco, Duke Welker

The Pirates have optioned top prospect Gregory Polanco and reliever Duke Welker to the minors. Both will likely begin the season at Triple-A. As I wrote last week, starting Polanco in the minors...

Clay Holmes to visit Dr. James Andrews

Pirates Prospects reports that pitching prospect Clay Holmes will visit Dr. James Andrews to have his elbow examined. That doesn't necessarily mean he'll have surgery, but pitchers don't go to Dr....

Notes: Brett Wallace, drafting, Ervin Santana

-P- I wrote a big piece on the Pirates' offseason at MLBTR. It mostly just amplifies some things you've probably already seen me write here, but I did spend a fair amount of time on it. -P- The...

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