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Brewers get Shaun Marcum


Always hate it when a team in the division gets better. Especially when it's the Brewers. This should give them the second starter behind Gallardo that they've been trying (unsuccessfully) to find in free agency for years. No official word on who is going to Toronto, though some reports say Brett Lawrie is involved.


Notes from Coonelly's chat

I assumed he wouldn't get into anything too interesting, but he ended up giving a lot of answers that kind of surprised me. On tender decisions:  He came out and said they will tender Hanrahan and...

Pirates Name Rest Of Coaching Staff


Just filling in the blanks from the previous reports: Nick Leyva is the third base coach, not the bench coach. Jeff Banister is the bench coach, not the third base coach. Leyva will also serve as the infield coach. Euclides Rojas is the new bullpen coach. He had been a pitching instructor and Latin American Field Coordinator in the Pirates minor league system. He has previous bullpen coach experience with the Red Sox from 2003-2004. Luis Silverio is the new first base coach and outfield/baserunning coach after spending his entire career as a player and coach with the Royals (1974-2010). His most recent title was Special Assistant to Player Development, but he served as either first or third base coach from 2003-2008. He has previous experience in various capacities with the Dominican team, in scouting, and as an outfield instructor. Mark Strittmatter is a general coach. Seems like he'll work primarily with the catchers. Had been working previously as the bullpen catcher with the Rockies. Heberto Andrade stays on as the bullpen catcher.

4 coaches set


Ray Searage will remain as pitching coach Gregg Ritchie promoted from minor league hitting coordinator to MLB hitting coach Jeff Banister remains with the team as third base coach Nick Leyva, former Toronto bench coach, takes that position with the Pirates


Rule 5 protection around the league

I know we had a topic a couple weeks back with some speculation, but I couldn't find it.  Figured I'd throw up a new one as names come in who are protected.  Maybe we can find a few gems who aren't...


40-Man Madness: Rudy Owens, Diego Moreno, Starling Marte Ineligible For Rule 5

Pretty much the only thing going on for right now with the Pirates (other than the managerial search) is that one week from today (November 19) is the date 40 man rosters have to be set in...


Notes from Coonelly's Chat

The full transcript usually doesn't go up until a little later in the day, so here are some highlights while reading it live: On Managers: When asked what particular traits he's looking for,...

Asst. GM Peter Woodfork leaves #Diamondbacks. Excellent chance he fills same job with #Pirates.


Asst. GM Peter Woodfork leaves #Diamondbacks. Excellent chance he fills same job with #Pirates.

John Perrotto on Twitter

Jose Tabata Playing Winter Ball


The link is to a Twitter update from Jorge Arangure, citing a Spanish-language source. If anyone speaks better Spanish than I do it might help to click through to the other account, as he seems to have a little more info over there. Normally this wouldn't be a surprise, but Rob Biertempfel reported a few weeks back that the Pirates were trying to discourage Tabata from playing in Venezuela this winter.


McCutchen struggling

Coming into the season I was expecting a little drop in Andrew McCutchen's play (a slight sophomore slump before he really breaks out).  In our community projections I put him at .273/.341/.415, so...

Pirates Lose Out On Eighth-Round Pick Dace Kime


The link leads to the original story, and here's more from BUCCO Fans. Basically, it sounds like Kime wanted to go pro, came to an agreement quickly, then got frustrated about sitting around and waiting for the Pirates to call. UPDATE by Charlie: It's possible that MLB delayed the signing, although the comment from the Crescent News story that the Pirates told Kime they "weren't going to jump through hoops" is weird. It makes it sound possible that the Pirates dragged their feet because they wanted to, perhaps because they had other signings that were higher-priority. In the meantime, orientation came around at Louisville, where Kime had a scholarship, and he elected to go. Tired of waiting, he then put the Pirates on a deadline, which they said they would not meet. It's not clear whether he could still sign with the Pirates, since presumably he hasn't attended classes yet.


The Sub-.600 Club

A friend of mine looked up all the numbers and posted them at another website, but we figured I should share over here as well. During the soon to be 18 seasons of "The Streak" there have been a...


Top 10 prospects right now

I'm not sure if it's already come up here, but I just saw the Post Gazette article where they list their new top 10 after all the promotions and it really has me thinking.  I have no idea who I'd...


The White Sox? Again?

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against the White Sox.  They seem like a fine team.  They even won a World Series in the not too distant past.  I enjoy watching Mark Buehrle pitch, and Alex Rios...


Russell's lineup reaches an all time low

I actually got kind of sick about complaining about it a couple weeks ago and just gave up, but I can't let this one slide.  Quite possibly the most ridiculous lineup in Pirates history.  Far worse...


Jeff Clement sitting again!

Clement was out of the lineup in favor of Crosby yesterday.  Seemed ridiculous, but there was a LHP on the mound and they seem to be opposed to playing him against lefties now.  Fine, whatever. ...

Pirates trade Uviedo for Dana Eveland


Eveland is a lefty and has been used primarily as a starter in his career, though he spent about half of 2005 in the Brewers bullpen. He's 26 years old and has struggled at the major league level. A 40 man move and a 25 man move will need to be made as he's out of options. 5.66 ERA 1.73 WHIP 6.1 K/9 4.7 BB/9 UPDATE: Turns out Ronald Uviedo was traded for Eveland, rather than it being a waiver claim. That makes the move look a lot different. Dejan kind of whiffed on that one.


Brandon Wood

Not really Pirates related, but I know some people around here were interested in trying to trade for him over the last couple years.  I saw that Brandon Wood is going on the DL today, so I decided...

The Fan: Neil Walker called up


Just linking the station's website since it doesn't look like anyone is reporting online yet. I was on the way to work and heard them mention that Walker was informed around midnight that he will be needed with the big club today. They seem to think Pearce may be heading to the DL, but there hasn't been an official announcement. It's their main discussion topic as of right now.


Pitches per plate apearance

I just now saw the Sports Illustrated column mentioning that 5 Pirate hitters were in the bottom 35 in the league in pitches per plate appearance.  Just for fun here are the team's hitters this...


FSN Pirates Broadcasts

This season I've been watching more games from other teams around the league than in years past and I've noticed something.  A good number of teams are broadcast on local FSN affiliates and they...

Pirates ink two from DPL


It's the first story on their front page right now. I'm kind of confused on this, though, as last time they reported the Pirates signing a player all the local reporters said nothing was done officially and nothing else ever came of it. They're still saying Wily Garcia has been signed, though, so who knows. The Pirates strike again! Just as they did in the signing of Wily Garcia after the first DPL All-Star Game, the Pirates moved quickly to agree to terms with two eligible players after their performances in the recent 2nd DPL All Star Game. The Pirates agreed to terms with Isaac Sanchez for $180,000 and Miguel DeAza for $150,000 respectively, a typical signing bonus for players in the 7th-10th rounds in the Rule 4 Amateur Draft in the United States. Here are the scouting reports on each: Isaac Sanchez, 17, is a RHP with an athletic 6'2" 180lb frame and clean arm action. His #1 pitch is a barry-zito-like curveball while his fastball works from 89-92 mph. Sanchez exhibits strong control of all pitches (FB, CB, and CH) and projects as an innings eating starting pitcher. Miguel DeAza, 17, is a left-handed outfielder who demonstrates 5-tool potential. Although packaged into a smaller athletic body (5'11"), DeAza impresses with his above average tools. He runs 6.5-6.6. in the 60 yard dash, demonstrates a 60 arm from the outfield and makes consistent solid contact on the ball and has an enhanced feel for getting the barrel of the bat to the ball.

Alderson article


Touches mainly on the whole velocity thing saying he's throwing 85-87, which their radar gun shows as 83-85 (why don't they fix their radar gun?). At one point the writer makes a Yoslan Herrera comparison. Yikes...

"Pirates will trade Brandon Moss this afternoon, likely get prospect in return"


"Pirates will trade Brandon Moss this afternoon, likely get prospect in return"

Rob Biertempfel reports

John Raynor

With Brandon Moss being DFAed it seems like it's almost a guarantee that John Raynor will make the opening day 25 man roster, but does anyone think there's a chance he doesn't?  He got off to a...

Pirates, FSN reach long-term agreement


Good news for those of us in the Pittsburgh area, or those who can pick up FSN Pittsburgh through their satellite provider. They don't mention how many years the deal covers. The big change is that FSN has committed to a minimum of 150 regular season games, while they'd been in the 120s in the past few years. All games will be in HD. They're also doing a minimum of 4 ST games a year, and additional Pirates programming.

Chat with Tim Alderson this Friday


Baseball America scheduled a few prospect chats for this Friday. Our own Tim Alderson will be the first player dropping in at 11 AM.

Dejan Kovacevic: Baseball America Pirates Correspondent


Dejan announced in tonight's Morning Links post that he will be taking over Perrotto's role as the Pirates correspondent with Baseball America.

Pirates DFA Steven Jackson


The 41 man roster didn't last long, as the Pirates were forced to make a move and made what some may consider an interesting choice. Steven Jackson was the man they decided to DFA.

#Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez spent 6 wks @ Athletes' Performance Inst in AZ. He has already lost 10...


#Pirates 3B Pedro Alvarez spent 6 wks @ Athletes' Performance Inst in AZ. He has already lost 10 lbs from his 235 lb playing weight in 09.

Just a quick update from writer Brian Henrickson via his Twitter First update on his progress I've seen anywhere.
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