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@njrose Your review of the 1B market undersells Mike Napoli. He is a very good player definitely superior to Morneau. Now I doubt the Pirates actually sign him but he is clearly the best 1B on the market.
4 months, 2 weeks ago on There and back again: What do the Pirates need to do this winter?
@NateRose @battlingbucs I know this but if Taillion was added to the roster for Sunday and optioned back to the minors after the game. Would that be one option year used this year? My point here is how is the 20 days determined. If he is sent back to AAA and the minor league season lasts only 10 more days but the major league regular season lasts 25 more days is he considered to have been on optional assignment for 25 days or 10 days? My thought process was it would be the 25 but I concede I might be wrong there.
Next season he would still be on the 40 man roster and assuming he doesn't make the team out of Sporing Training he would have to be once again optioned to the minors using an option year in 2014.
We could of course choose to keep him on the roster for the entire month of September but then we get in to service time issues next season and the 30 or so days he would be up this year would have to be paid back next year or else it would cost us a year of control of him or cause him to be Super 2. I'm not necessarily against calling him up just pointing out the reasons against doing so.
6 months, 1 week ago on Who should start on Sunday? I've got a suggestion.
In the same vein as Taillion, meaning a highly talented prospect (of
course not neearly to the same level) who the Cardinals wouldn't have
much of a book on how about Stolmy Pimentel. The Pirates need to take a
good look at him anyway considering he is out of options after this
season and he would have 5 days rest come Sunday. He also appears to
have has his control ironed out as in his last 11 starts he has went at
least 6 innings in all of them and has not allowed more than 2 BB in any
With this suggesting you are essentially advocating burning two of Locke's options neither of which we would have to use in normal circumstances. I mean if you call him up just for Sunday and send him down that's one (at least I think I'm not sure how it this would work to be honest) and then he likely isn't making the team out of Spring Training next year and wouldn't need added to the 40 man roster this offseason so there is the second one.
I mean ideally that wouldn't be an issue with a player as talented as Taillion but as we know (Alvarez) ideal situations don't always work. It would be a gamble because essentially you would be giving away two chances to send Taillion down to the minors to adjust for the reward of one start. That seems like a steep price to me but who knows.
Also unless Black clears waivers today you would need to open a 40 man spot. Not a huge deal as DFAing Oliver or Sands could easily be done but another factor to consider.
No need for a 40 man move. Brandon Inge's spot has never been filled.
7 months ago on Andrew Lambo called up for St. Louis series
I still contend last August 27-29 when the Cardinals came to town with a 2 game lead over the Pirates for the final playoff spot was a bigger series than this one. People seem to forget about that one but it was huge if the Pirates get swept the season was essentially over but if they would have swept it would have valuted them back into playoff position headed into September.
7 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 103: Marlins 3 Pirates 2
It almost sounds as if you are suggesting Melancon should have stayed in to pitch the 9th. However I don't think that was a practical solution thanks to Sanchez batting for Snider because the pitcher's spot was due up in the top of the 9th. So unless you are willing to let Melancon bat someone else had to come in.
Also Watson is not a LOOGY. He should be facing primarily left handed pitching yes but he is not a Lefty One Out Guy as the name suggests. If the part of the teams order going into the 7th was L-R-L-L Watson has shown himself to be decent enough against righties that he doesn't need taken out after getting the one out. Now this has nothing to do with using him against 3 RH batters as that was total nonsense but I thinking calling for him to be used exclusively as a LOOGY is a bit much.
10 months ago on Game 35: Mets 3 Pirates 2
Insane? If doing something that is clearly harmful to your physical and mental health is insane I don't want to be sane.
1 year, 5 months ago on Something something Pirate baseball
Um I see a slight problem here. Game 141 was yesterday.
1 year, 5 months ago on Game 141 Precap: F*ck you, Pirates | August 2012
I don't really understand playoff rosters but how does Gustavo Nunez factor into this. he is going to be on the 60 day DL as of the end of today, obviously. So can the Pirates replace him? Or does he have to be actually on the DL? And does he even need to be with the organization for any of this to matter?
1 year, 6 months ago on Kyle McPherson and Alex Presley and playoff rosters | August 2012
@whygavs OK but look at the situation. Our baseball team is starting a 3 game series against a team they trail by 2 games for a playoff spot. Where is this great baseball we've been blessed with these last few years that you, I or anyone in the Pirate fan base should feel disappointed about our situation. Because you know what I missed it. If you want to look at the future and think this is not a competitive Pirates team then fine but if so you should have been thinking the same thing for the past 5 months. Very little has actually changed as far as our situation goes.
1 year, 6 months ago on And so here we are again | August 2012
@GamingPessimist @CookieMonster24 I'm not down on Pat I'm trying to cheer him up. He is a wonderful asset to the Pittsburgh Pirates blog sphere largely because of his ability to see things for what they are. He isn't doing so in this case. For the next three days our baseball team who is 2 games back of a playoff spot will play the team they are trailing. What other fan base could possibly think that is some sort of death sentence for their baseball team? And since when are we so privileged to think of this as a bad situation to be in?
There is no more context needed than that.
Where did this come from? I enjoy your site and you a very good writer but this is plainly a terrible piece. The biggest series the Pirates have played in 15 years is upon us and you're talking about setting our sights towards the future? Sure things don't look the greatest but these next three days have the ability to erase that and make things look once again bright.
Sure if things go poorly this series we can probably start looking ahead but not now not when the Pirates are about to play the franchise's biggest ever games at PNC Park. If there was ever a time this season to live in the present and not think about the future it is now. This post is completely off point and needs to be removed and reposted later if it becomes relevent. I'm sorry but this tone at this time seriously disappoints me. I'm worn down by this team a well but if there was a ever a time to get excited it is now. If there was a ever a moment a series whos anticipation level should make you proud to be a Pirate fan it is this one in front of us. Now is not the time to give up hope now is the time to enjor meaningful baseball late in August with a eye towards possibly having meaningful baseball in September. Sure this series has a better than not chance of ending poorly and making everything you say true but that isn't the point here.
What can I say though. I'm an avid baseball fan but I know you probaly know much more about this wonderful game than I do. I'm just pretty much a random person on your blog posting that I'm disappointed in you. I'm a blogger myself although I call it a 4th tier Pirate blog with the ones people like you run as a 1st tier one. I know you will probably pay me very little piece of mind but I urge you to reconsider and enjoy where the Pirates are at least for these next three days. It has been a long time coming and we of all fans should know how precious these moments are. These 3 games are games that matter. They are deeply meaningful not to the draft order or team morale but to a playoff chase. The time to be weary and tired and be down may very well come but its not now. I know this will mean nothing to you but all I can say is Pat, I am very disappointed in you. You of all people should know and understand the need to embrace what we have right now. From one random person please rethink this situation. Thank you.
It all sounds logical the Hurdle not wanting to use rookies out of the bullpen but there is one flaw with that line of thinking. Jared Hughes. Hughes is a rookie and he has the most innings this year out of the bullpen. So Hurdle most feel comfortable using him.
1 year, 6 months ago on Seriously, what is happening in the bullpen? | August 2012
The pick isn't likely to drop that far. The way the new compensation system works any team that loses a free agent they made a qualifying offer to will only receive one pick at the end of round 1. Conversely any team who signs a player who received a qualifying offer will lose their 1st round pick but it won't be awarded to anyone. So under normal circumnstances it will balance out because the signing team loses a pick and the team he is being signed away from gains a pick. A 1 for 1 exchange. There are two exceptions to this though that could push the Pirates pick back.
1) A team signs 2 or more free agents who received qualifying offers
2) A team with a protected pick (top 10) signs a free agent who received a qualifying offer
I can't imagine those two scenarios, especially with the new rules adding up to many more than 3-4 selections. So at worst the Pirates should be selecting around #37.
1 year, 7 months ago on Pirates receive some blood money from Bud Selig | July 2012
With the possible exception of Gift Ngoepe there isn't another player in the Pirates system I am rooting harder for. He is a great story (the stuff movies are made from) and if he would ever get a call up to the majors it would just make for an awesome story.
1 year, 8 months ago on Million Dollar Arm Rinku Singh Shocking the World
I'm going to assume your numbers are wrong on Headley but if not I say no thanks. An OBP the same as his average. He seems to be an everyday player so I don't know how he would have accomplished that.
1 year, 9 months ago on Report: Pirates Have Checked on Trade Bait with Boston, San Diego, and Chicago
Great post, completely agree. This problem predates McCutchen though, just a few short seasons ago Nate McLouth was our best player (sad but true) and a lot of people spelled his name incorrectly too (McClouth). We deserve some resemblance of respect here, we are a dedicated fan base and the least reporters should do is spell our players names correctly.
1 year, 11 months ago on His name is Andrew McCutchen | March 2012