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Raise the Jolly Roger! Dec 20, 2014

Pirates add Corey Hart

The last remaining area the Pirates needed to address this winter was the other side of what we assumed would be another first base platoon. The Ike Davis + Gaby Sanchez combination was uninspiring at best, so the 2015 edition will be…different. Pedro Alvarez will of course be the main feature, and as of now it […]

Pirates sign Corey Hart

The Pirates announced this afternoon that they signed Corey Hart to a one year/$2.5 million deal and DFA’d Preston Guilmet, who I can tell you with 70% certainty was a guy that they claimed from, I think, the Orioles at some point since the season ended. I suppose the assumption here is that he’ll be […]

Kris Medlen signs with the Royals

The Royals announced this afternoon that they’ve signed Kris Medlen to a two-year deal worth $8.5 million with a mutual third-year option for $10 million. That’s such a reasonable deal and Medlen is such a good bounce back candidate that I’m finding myself pretty disappointed that the Pirates were seemingly not interested in Medlen at […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Dec 18, 2014

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 […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Dec 15, 2014

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 […]

The Pirates hate good taste

Weve 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

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

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 was a college player […]

After the winter meetings, what’s next for the Pirates?

The winter meetings ended in an insane flurry starting at or around the time Pirates finished the Antonio Bastardo trade on Wednesday. The Dodgers and Marlins both went completely nuts remaking their rosters, the Reds traded away 40% of their rotation (on the bright side they kept Mike Leake, but on the bad side they also […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Dec 11, 2014

Bastardo in the bullpen

After agreeing to bring Francisco Liriano back, the Pirates’ main offseason to-do list had two major items left: bullpen help and right handed first baseman. They didn’t waste much time addressing the bullpen, trading for Antonio Bastardo on Wednesday. Joely Rodriguez will head to the Phillies in exchange. Bastardo is essentially a replacement / improvement […]

Pirates trade Joely Rodriguez for Antonio Bastardo

The final detail of the Pirates trade with the Phillies for Antonio Bastardo is in place, as

Pirates close to acquiring Antonio Bastardo from Phillies

Obviously we don’t know much else; I’ll update when a deal is official. I will say that Bastardo is only a year away from free agency, so I’d be pretty shocked to see the Pirates give much up for him. There were some “Travis Snider for Brian Matusz” rumblings earlier today, but Snider feels like […]

Bringing Francisco Liriano back is important for a number of reasons

I did not think that Francisco Liriano was going to be a Pirate in 2015. I’ve written this and said this a few times, but I’ll reiterate it one more time in my mea culpa: Liriano is a good pitcher. He’s got his flaws, sure, but in two years with the Pirates he’s given them […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Dec 10, 2014

Frankie’s back

The Pirates (unofficially) made what will almost certainly be their most significant move of the offseason on Tuesday, signing Francisco Liriano to a 3-year, $39 million deal – the largest free agent contract in team history. This may not move the needle a ton – it’s not what every Pirate fan wanted heading into the winter […]

Pirates re-sign Francisco Liriano to three-year/$39 million deal

I’ve been grading for like six hours now and my brain feels like chewed bubblegum, so I’m going to save the analysis for after dinner, but the Pirates re-signed Francisco Liriano to a three-year deal with $39 million this afternoon (first report

Winter Meetings Day 1 recap: ZzzZZZzzzzZZZZzz

Here is a full and complete list of things the Pirates did at the Winter Meetings today (THAT WE KNOW ABOUT): Claimed Josh Lindblom and ditched some guy that you and I both forgot they had claimed at some point in the last five months. My Josh Lindblom scouting report: he is a human being. […]
Athletics Nation Dec 8, 2014

Minor moves: Jon Lester to choose between Giants and Cubs, Josh Lindblom claimed by Pittsburgh Pirates

A couple other pieces of Oakland Athletics news slipped under the radar of this morning's trade sending Brandon Moss to the Cleveland Indians for second baseman Joey Wendle. Josh Lindblom claimed by Pittsburgh Pirates Right-handed starting pitcher Josh Lindblom, 27, was claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lindblom had been designated for assignment with Kyle Blanks to clear space on the 40-man roster for Brett Lawrie, Sean Nolin, and Kendall Graveman. Lindblom came with Craig Gentry to Oakland in the trade that sent Michael Choice and Chris Bostick to the Texas Rangers. He struggled in...

The Winter Meetings are here

Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings officially kick off in San Diego today, so if you feel like this has been a boring winter for the Pirates (they’ve actually made quite a few moves, but they’ve more or less been all boring moves), it’s likely that that’s going to change. I’ve been busy with the end of […]

Pirates non-tender Gaby Sanchez, Chaz Roe (plus: other interesting non-tenders)

The Pirates weren’t expected to do much at the just-now-passed deadline to agree to tender their arbitration-eligible players with contract offers, and even though they waited until the last minute to make the announcement, the news is that there isn’t much news.

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 […]

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