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Raise the Jolly Roger! Nov 21, 2014

Roster moving day

Behold, the new and…uh, not improved Pirates 40-man roster: The #Pirates 40-man roster now contains 40 players (20 pitchers, 4 catchers, 9 infielders and 7 outfielders). pic.twitter.com/hy6WDZApRO — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 21, 2014 The list changed quite a bit on Wednesday, as it was the deadline to protect Rule-5 draft eligible prospects by adding […]

Pirates DFA Ike Davis and fill out 40-man roster for Rule 5 deadline, plus Radhames Liz and Pedro Florimon

The Pirates have been awfully busy over the last 24 hours whereas I have not been particularly busy on the blogging front, so I’ve got some catching up to do. Let’s start with the moves the club made tonight to shore up their 40-man roster in anticipation of the midnight deadline to protect eligible players […]

Zach Duke got $15 million from the White Sox

Zach Duke signed a three-year/$15 million contract with the White Sox yesterday based on his insane/improbable emergence as a relief ace with the Brewers last year. Neil Weinberg at Beyond the Box Score was apparently fascinated by Duke’s breakout season last year and so he takes a look today at the value of one good […]

Farewell and thank you, Russell Martin

Now that it’s more or less official that Russell Martin won’t be a Pirate in 2015, I have some mixed feelings. I don’t know how much money the Pirates offered Martin and I suspect that we won’t really know for sure (their negotiations with starting pitchers will be much more difficult if agents know how […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Nov 17, 2014

Au revoir, Russ

The day Pirate fans have been dreading since the middle of the season finally arrived Tuesday, as the Toronto Blue Jays ended the rumors, speculation, and anxiety by signing Russell Martin to a five year, $82 million contract. The writing was certainly on the wall at this point, and the end result was about as […]

Russell Martin signs with Blue Jays, Braves trade Jason Heyward to Cardinals for Shelby Miller

According Peter Gammons, Russell Martin has signed a five-year deal with the Blue Jays for “McCann money,” which means that he’s probably getting close to the $75 million he reportedly set out to get at the beginning of the off-season. Meanwhile, the Cardinals and Braves announced that they’ve completed a four-player swap that involves Shelby Miller going to the Braves and Jason Heyward going to the Cardinals. These are two disparate events, and I have quite a bit to say about them, but I have a lot of lab work to do today. I’ll have more later. My initial analysis is: I hate...
Raise the Jolly Roger! Nov 15, 2014

He’s back

The #Pirates have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with RHP A.J. Burnett (@wudeydo34) for 2015. pic.twitter.com/qS623MDvzQ — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 14, 2014 After all the drama that unfolded last offseason, and a pretty rough 2014 season in Philly, A.J. Burnett is back with the Pirates. Talk about some surprising Friday afternoon news […]

Pirates bring AJ Burnett back

The #Pirates have agreed to terms on a one-year deal with RHP A.J. Burnett (@wudeydo34) for 2015. pic.twitter.com/qS623MDvzQ — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) November 14, 2014
Raise the Jolly Roger! Nov 14, 2014

No repeat for Cutch

I didn’t expect Andrew McCutchen to win the NL MVP — I think it’s pretty darn tough to make a good argument for him over Clayton Kershaw, who won it along with the Cy Young award. Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the NL MVP since Bob Gibson, so that gives you an idea […]

Andrew McCutchen finishes third in NL MVP voting, Josh Harrison ninth, Russell Martin 13th

Baseball’s award season officially culminated in the MVP Awards tonight, and for the second time in three years, Andrew McCutchen finished third in the balloting. Of course, he won the award in the season he didn’t finish third, so he’s on a pretty solid run. Clayton Kershaw won the award, which shouldn’t have come as a […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Nov 13, 2014

Francisco Cervelli for Justin Wilson

- The Pirates may have already found their Russell Martin replacement, even though Russ isn’t officially gone yet. On Wednesday night they acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees, and sent Justin Wilson to New York in exchange. So this means Russ is gone for sure? Not officially, but pretty much, yeah. Jon Heyman says […]

Pirates trade Justin Wilson for Francisco Cervelli

#Yankees have traded Francisco Cervelli to #Pirates for Justin Wilson — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) November 13, 2014
Raise the Jolly Roger! Nov 12, 2014

News and notes: Hurdle, Scahill, Anna

Bucs notes from a somewhat busy Veterans Day: Clint Hurdle did not win the NL Manager of the Year award – he came in second to Washington’s Matt Williams. You could have probably guessed that Williams would win it after the first-year manger led the Nats to the league’s best record a year after they […]

Clint Hurdle finishes second in Manager of the Year voting (and other Tuesday news)

I suppose that the biggest Pirate-related news on this Tuesday evening is that Clint Hurdle finished second in National League Manager of the Year voting to Matt Williams, and thusly will not be taking home his second consecutive Manger of the Year Award. I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again tonight: I think […]
Raise the Jolly Roger! Nov 10, 2014

Saying no to the QO

As expected, Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano declined their one year, $15.3 million qualifying offers from the Pirates. Both are now out on the open free agent market, and if they sign with another team, the Pirates will gain a 2015 draft pick after the first round. The signing team would lose its first round […]

Everyone rejects their qualifying offer (again)

From MLB.com: As Monday’s 5 p.m. ET deadline for free agents to accept qualifying offers passed, the news became official: Once again, every player extended an offer rejected the deal. In three years under the current system, 34 players have been extended a qualifying offer. This year, 12 players were offered the one-year, $15.3 million […]

Francisco Liriano likely to turn down qualifying offer

The deadline for Francisco Liriano to accept the Pirates’ $15.3 million qualifying offer is today. The lefty hasn’t made a decision yet, but

Russell Martin will decline his qualifying offer

Jon Heyman reports Russell Martin will turn down his qualifying offer in a confusing sentence with so many commas and em dashes that he might as well write a Pittsburgh Pirate blog with a name cribbed from a rhetorical Simon and Garfunkel question: Russell Martin, extremely popular on the free-agent market after his big year, will […]

News and notes

Catching up on Pirates news from the past week… Andrew McCutchen‘s one-on-one interview with the Trib’s Rob Biertempfel is definitely worth a read. He talks about the season, his injury, and says that Pittsburgh is where he wants to be. There are a couple of quotes that raised some eyebrows, talking about what whether or not […]

Andrew McCutchen and Neil Walker win Silver Slugger Awards

Whoever it is that announces Silver Slugger Awards (Major League Baseball? Louisville Slugger? Some PR guy with a Twitter account?) announced them today and the Pirates have two winners this year: Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen. I don’t have an incredible amount of insight to add to stories like this one: there are a lot […]

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