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November 22, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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My NL MVP ballot

Joey Votto today was a near-unanimous winner of the NL MVP award. I gave him the top spot on my ballot.

November 16, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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De la Rosa is Bucs’ top target

I’ve heard from a couple sources, inside and outside of the team, that left-hander Jorge de la Rosa is atop the Pirates’ free-agent shopping list this winter. De la Rosa, who’ll turn 30 in April, would likely be the No. 1 …

November 15, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Hurdle has seen both ends of it

Clint Hurdle has been in this spot before. Earlier today, he was introduced as the Pirates’ 39th manager during a media confab at PNC Park.

November 12, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Russell looks to O’s for job

Former manager John Russell could have another job before the Pirates even hire his replacement. According to the Baltimore Sun, Russell on Friday interviewed with the Baltimore Orioles for a spot on manager Buck Showalter’s coaching staff. The Orioles need a …

November 10, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Duchscherer tempting, but …

Free agent Justin Duchscherer wants to pitch as a starter, and the Pirates have holes in their rotation. Duchscherer can be had for less than $2 million a year, and the Pirates are a, ahem, value-minded club. A perfect fit! Draw …

November 10, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Minor league free agents

Baseball America today listed all 533 minor league free agents — that is, players not on a 40-man roster by Nov. 6 who have at least six years service time while still bound by their first minor league contract. Pirates …

November 9, 2010
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Pearce gets fourth option

MLB granted first baseman Steve Pearce a fourth minor league option, which means he will go into the 2011 season with one remaining. This year, ankle and knee injuries limited Pearce to just 52 games — 35 with Triple-A Indianapolis, 15 …

November 8, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Thomas returns, Moss likely gone

The Pirates re-signed lefty Justin Thomas to a minor league contract for 2011. This past season, Thomas went 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in 12 relief outings. Last week, Thomas was among five players outrighted to Triple-A Indianapolis. First baseman …

November 3, 2010
by rob biertempfel


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Duke battles delivery flaw

For the second year in a row, lefty Zach Duke had a bumpy second half of the season. Over his final 10 starts this season, Duke went 3-5 with a 6.57 ERA. In 50 2/3 innings, he allowed 70 hits …

 
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