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November 24, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: Who should the focus of Plan B be?

SOUTH HILLS – To date, the Pirates have committed an estimated $10.5 million in 2015 to three acquisitions in AJ Burnett, Francisco Cervelli and Radhames Liz. Each of these moves carry risk but also hold the possibility to add value to the 2015 roster at …

November 17, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up: Closing the revenue divide?

SOUTH HILLS – Have you seen the contract details that the Marlins and 25-year-old superstar Giancarlo Stanton are reportedly close to agreeing upon? Something like 13 years and $325 million? On one hand this is just a continuation of a …

November 14, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Batman returns

SOUTH HILLS –  As you are probably aware of by now, A.J Burnett returned to the Pirates on Friday, signing a one-year, $8.5 million deal. He turned down a $12.75 million option to remain with the Phillies. The Pirates benefited …

November 13, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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The little trade that could … save 2015

SOUTH HILLS – Yes, the Pirates have voids in the rotation. Yes, first base is unsettled and Andrew McCutchen believes it’s a priority need. Yes, the bullpen regressed greatly in 2014. But the fact is if Russell Martin is playing …

November 10, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Monday Mop-Up Duty: McCutchen speaks his mind

SOUTH HILLS – Few have doubted Andrew McCutchen‘s comfort level on the field as a player who enters the week vying for a second straight MVP. He has already secured a third straight, top-three MVP finish. However, it appears McCutchen …

November 7, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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A missed opportunity?

SOUTH HILLS – I was asked in the office the other day about who was really most responsible for the Pirates’ ability to rehab starting pitchers: Ray Searage (and Jim Benedict) or Russell Martin‘s framing and other intangibles? It’s a …

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