3:34 PM EST, Tue February 09, 2016

Monday Mop-Up Duty: Hey PECOTA, how about those Pirates?

CLARK BUILDING – My sabermetric enlightenment really began in 2005. A couple years earlier, like many, I read Moneyball and it changed the way I thought about baseball. Yes, the book didn’t touch on the A’s pitching staff, many insights have since been updated or proven dubious, but the overall idea – that objective, scientific […]

Pirates face challenge as National League contenders improve

When pitchers and catchers report Feb. 18 to Bradenton, Fla., the Pirates will open spring training with an enviable core. They have a former MVP ...
Beaver County Times Feb 6, 2016
Affordable free agents remain who could help Pirates

Affordable free agents remain who could help Pirates

Such low-cost free agents as left-handed hitting outfielders David Murphy and Will Venable would help bolster a Pirates' roster that is short on bench options.

Pirates right-hander Schugel clears waivers

Pirates right-hander A.J. Schugel cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. He will come to major-league spring training camp as a non-roster ...

Maximizing Stewart and Cervelli

SOUTH HILLS  – Back in October when there was much discussion (free advice) about how Clint Hurdle should fill out his wild card lineup card, I opined that one creative solution in dealing with the lineup (and with what to do about Pedro Alvarez) would be to start Francisco Cervelli at first base – hey, […]

Rene Gayo’s value, and buying on Biddle

SOUTH HILLS – August Fagerstrom, a fantastic writer/analyst over at FanGraphs.com, examined how each club’s 2016 projected Wins Above Replacement were acquired, broken down into acquisition categories: the draft, trades, free agency and international free agency. You can read his research in full here. If you’re just interested in the Pirates, here’s how the local […]

Pirates take on reclamation project with trade for former 1st-rounder Biddle

The Pirates acquired another pitching reclamation project on Wednesday, the type of arm they have had so much success with in recent years, but this ...

Rossi: What’s up for Doc is Bucs call

The tickets arrived in the mail Monday around the same time Mike “Doc” Emrick returned home from the NHL All-Star Game. “I’m on the first-base ...

Monday Mop-Up Duty: Uncommon restraint

SOUTH HILLS – As we inch closer to pitchers and catchers reporting, one of the rites of the offseason is the release of top 100 prospect lists. The Pirates did quite well on the the MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus lists released last week, lists that are linked to later on in this blog entry. It […]

Bell could fill Pirates’ biggest need sooner than later

While much of the offseason attention is given to additions a team makes via free agency and trades — bringing immediate impact — the Pirates’ ...
Beaver County Times Jan 30, 2016
3 Thoughts: Cervelli unlikely to find his fortune with Pirates

3 Thoughts: Cervelli unlikely to find his fortune with Pirates

It is difficult to imagine the Pirates giving $12 million a year to Francisco Cervelli, a catcher who turns 30 during spring training and had a long history of injuries with the Yankees.

Pirates hire Block as new play-by-play man

The Pirates on Saturday hired veteran announcer Joe Block to work alongside lead play-by-play man Greg Brown in their television and radio booths, sources confirmed ...

Pirates' new play-by-play man followed long road here

Joe Block, the Pirates’ new play-by-play man, can’t get enough baseball. In 2010, when he worked as a radio studio host for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, Block called the general manager of the Billings Mustangs, the Cincinnati Reds’ rookie-level minor league affiliate.

Pirates hire Joe Block as play-by-play man

The Pirates hired Joe Block, who previously served as the Milwaukee Brewers’ radio play-by-play man, to their broadcast team, the club announced today.

The Cervelli dilemma

SOUTH HILLS – So it turns out that despite being a season away from free agency, when he will potentially be the top the catcher available in a weaker market in an industry awash in cash, Francisco Cervelli is interested in a contract extension with the Pirates as we reported Wednesday. The Pirates have not […]

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