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February 5, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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In need of a quick start, BP’s top 10, and the Cards have concerns?

Some good news as we recover from winter storm Nika. (What’s with the storm names?). The Pirates’ equipment truck left for Bradenton this morning. Pitchers and catchers will not be far behind. While so much of the hot stove focus has centered on roster construction and on player acquisition – pretend or real – I wanted to take a quick look at something else today.

February 4, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Late Night host asks you to play armchair GM

SOUTH HILLS – If you are unaware, Seth Meyers – the future Late Night host and Weekend Update inner circle Hall of Famer – has a soft spot for the Pirates. Meyers has Pittsburgh ties and followed the Pirates with …

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 | 90 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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