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More than I would have paid, but it's not a disaster. At some point, the Pirates are going to need a bench player who hit at least a little bit.
22 hours, 52 minutes ago on Pirates bring Clint Barmes back for $2 million
I agree with what you've said here, but then it's pretty much the exact same thing I said about Liriano last year.
1 day, 3 hours ago on Ken Rosenthal reports Pirates sign Edinson Volquez for $5 million
Frankly, I think 2.5 mil is a lot for Barmes. I know Tim at PP used the Brendan Ryan contract as a comparable one for Barmes, but Ryan is the safety net for a 40--plus year old with bad pins--let's face it, Ryan is probably going to end up with 350-400 PAs at the minimum. Barmes is going to get half of that, maybe. The Pirates could sign someone like Paul Janish to do the late inning glove/once a week starter for a hell of a let less than 2.5 million.
3 days ago on Winter meeting rumors: Logan Morrison and Clint Barmes
4 weeks ago on Andrew McCutchen wins National League MVP Award
Frankly, I don't think Barmes should be back at anything less than a significant discount--if his role is late inning glove/Charlie Morton's personal shortstop, you can find someone in the Paul Janish mode to do that for a lot less than what Barmes will likely be asking.
I share your unease about Byrd; yes, that was a hell of a year, but he's also a guy in his late 30s who was all but out of baseball last winter and had a big year when he could smell the money. If someone wants to go 2 years/20 mil with Byrd, I would thank him for his contributions and wish him well.
1 month, 1 week ago on Free agency, Wandy Rodriguez, and other things
"Whaddya mean the Cardinals are a lousy defensive team? Look at that fielding percentage!!!"
1 month, 2 weeks ago on No Gold Gloves for the Pirates (and a minor rant about defense)
@azibuck Well, yeah...but (per B-R) the Bucs should have won about 88 games per their Pythagorean projections, so take away the 12 WAR difference, that's not such a inexplicable gap.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on There and back again: What do the Pirates need to do this winter?
I think Ozzie should consider any form of employment by a MLB organization as his dream job at this stage of his career.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Ozzie Guillen: Tigers Would Be His "Dream" Job
@battlingbucs @njrose Napoli is a very good player, but you'd think he'd be looking at a term/per season price tag that would be both out of the Pirates range and unwise as well. Lind's only had one good year since 2009; I'd only be interested in him at a serious discount.
I would agree with virtually everything you're saying, especially the notion that the Pirates front office can't get all googly-eyed over players because they were part of The Team That Broke The Street; NH and company have to be calculating and cold-hearted bastards going forward. Getting all mushy over guys like Jones, Gaby Sanchez, and Melancon is simply a recipe for disaster.
From The White Flag to Wreck Specs to Just Cutch It, it has been a hell of ride so far. I, for one, cannot wait for the next chapter.
1 month, 4 weeks ago on Thank yous and programming notes
@cardinal70 And a tip of the cap back; what the entire Cardinal organization has done post-LaRussa and post-Pujols is simply flat-out impressive.
2 months ago on NLDS Game 5: Cardinals 6 Pirates 1 (and so much more)
It was, indeed, a hell of a ride. I personally didn't have any particular hopes for this version of the Pirates in April; I figured they'd finish somewhere a couple games either side of 80 wins, so I took this whole year as gravy. What's more the future isn't a mish-mash of Brent Lillibridge and Bryan Bullington and Brian Bixler anymore--it's Hansen and Polanco and Taillon. While nothing is guaranteed (I'm guessing the Nats didn't see themselves on the outside looking in this year), there's no reason this team can't contend for the next half-dozen years. For two decades, two miserable soul-crushing decades, we've waited for that someday where the idea of the Pirates competing for a World Championship wasn't something as plausible as unicorns and leprechauns. We don't have to rationalize or apologize for being Pittsburgh Pirate fans anymore.
Cole's ERA in day games: 4.28
Cole's ERA at night: 2.68
Don't even think about messing with Gerrit Cole if you aren't able to enlist the aid of photosynthesis.
2 months ago on On Gerrit Cole
Thank God Hurdle didn't go the "proven veteran" route for Wednesday; I would not have been responsible for my actions if he did.
2 months ago on NLDS Game 4: Cardinals 2 Pirates 1
@snoosnoo13 It's written by a Brewers fan, which says pretty much everything you need to know right there.
2 months, 1 week ago on NLDS Game 4 Preview: Finish it today (Charlie Morton vs. Michael Wacha)
Obviously, Hurdle can't sit around with his thumb up his ass like he did in Game 1; if Morton's curveball is rolling like it was in his last start against the Reds, you've got to get him the hell out of there before three or four runs are on the board...and. please oh please Dear Lord, don't give Hurdle the opportunity to pull the "proven veteran" card from the deck and trot Burnett out there for a Game Five.
@Eephus @wkkortas I'd absolutely agree that it could have gone either way, but given that Liriano stayed in one inning-plus too long, that the Bucs survived Cutch's egregious baserunning gaffe, and neither Adams nor Jay punished those Mike Williams-issue high sliders that Grilli threw them...well, the Bucs won one that they could have and arguably should have lost. I'm not complaining, understand.
2 months, 1 week ago on NLDS Game 3: Pirates 5 Cardinals 3
@lee1943 Not to mention Maness, whose stuff is manifestly unimpressive, and Axford, who is a big inning waiting to happen. I am certainly not a big fan of Hurdle's in-game managing, but Matheny has been pretty lousy on that front, not to mention I have no idea why the Cardinals are carrying 12 pitchers--obviously, there is no role for Mujica in Matheny's mind, so he's just a dead roster spot for the Cardinals.
I think it's fair to say the Pirates shoplifted one here; it's awfully good to be good, but sometimes it's better to be lucky.