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January 31, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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The win curve and the Pirates, and your daily Burnett update

SOUTH HILLS –  If Clay Davenport’s projected standings are to be believed, the Pirates would do well to be aggressive in the free agent and/or trade markets before Opening Day. If you’re unfamiliar with Davenport’s projections, they are a hybrid …

January 29, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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More on Burnett, and Keith Law’s top 100

SOUTH HILLS – On MLB Network this morning, national reporter Ken Rosenthal likened the A.J. Burnett decision to a white plume of smoke rising from the most holy of chimneys in the Vatican.

January 29, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Burnett’s back … or is he?

SOUTH HILLS – As we reported earlier today, A.J. Burnett will return to pitch in 2014. The Pirates and baseball world have been waiting on that news for nearly four months. The other part of the story is unresolved: where will …

Monday Morning Mop-Up Duty: breaking down BP’s top 101

January 27, 2014 by Travis Sawchik | Comments


SOUTH HILLS – It’s that time of the year again when in the bleakness of January top 100 prospects give us a brief reprieve from polar vortexes and serve as a starter course for that hopeful, optimistic time when pitchers and catchers report.’s top 100 prospect list came out last week and featured six Pirates. On Monday, Baseball Prospectus released its top 101.

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January 23, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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The Pirates’ last, best hope at first base?

SOUTH HILLS –  With the Mets indicating they’ve taken Ike Davis off the market, with  James Loney and Corey Hart and Logan Morrison definitely off the market, there are few obvious external candidates to fill one of the Pirates’ greatest needs …

January 21, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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The Pirates rank No. 1. What is the expected return?

CLARK BUILDING –  The most significant development to date in a quiet offseason for the Pirates is not any signing or trade, it is the level the farm system has obtained. As we reported earlier this month, the Pirates will …

January 20, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Morning Mop-Up Duty: looking left

SOUTH HILLS COMMAND CENTER –  I’ve begun working on our 2014 season preview material and as part of that information-gathering process I spoke to a former baseball executive last week. He loves the Pirates system, their depth of pitching and …

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