One of the big problems of the non-stop news cycle that we tend to allow to consume ourselves is that it becomes literally impossible to give ourselves enough distance to allow for some context. The wild card game bleeds into the early off-season and that bleeds into the winter meetings and suddenly we’re in January, […]
I don’t really have much time at all for Hall of Fame outrage these days and I don’t want to spend much time spilling digital ink over whether or not PED users belong in the Hall of Fame or not, because I feel like I’ve done that a million times and I’m as tired of […]
The Pittsburgh Pirates ran into a buzz saw at the very end of last season, hosting the San Francisco Giants in the Wild Card play-in game at PNC Park. Unfortunately, toeing the rubber that evening was Madison Bumgarner who went on to pitch a historic postseason, bringing home the World Series Trophy to the Bay […]
About halfway in between North Carolina and Hermitage today, I started seeing some tweets come through that the Pirates won the bidding for Jung-ho Kang, a shortstop from the Korean Baseball Organization. I’ve sort of kept one eye on the whole story of his posting process through the Twitter account of Dan at MyKBO, but it […]
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 […]
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 […]
Ray Searage helped make Edinson Volquez a rich man:
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 […]
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 […]
The final detail of the Pirates trade with the Phillies for Antonio Bastardo is in place, as
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 […]
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 […]
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 here, MLB Trade Rumors round-up here).
Such is the eternal state of the Pittsburgh Pirates that I can tell you that a 3-year/$39 million deal is the largest free-agent deal in team history without even having to check (I’m sure I’m not the first or only person to make that observation today), but hey, every bar has to be raised from somewhere.
Anyway, like I said, more later.
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. […]