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January 17, 2015
by Travis Sawchik

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Unknowns mark opportunity with Kang … and a $90 million payroll?

SOUTH HILLS – In some ways, there’s more unknown with Jung Ho Kang then any high-profile, international free agent before him. After all, there has never been a KBO position player to be posted and transition to the major leagues. So while the …

January 15, 2015
by Travis Sawchik

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Does Alvarez’s absence matter? And Fixing Morton

CLARK BUILDING -Much has been made about Pedro Alvarez‘s absence from the Pirates’ January minicamp in Florida this week. While he’s not the only regular missing, other regulars not in attendance are not in the process of learning new positions and …

January 7, 2015
by Travis Sawchik

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Mr. Automatic: Jordy Mercer

SOUTH HILLS – Jordy Mercer is probably better than you think he is. He certainly exceeded my expectations in 2014. He was just a slightly-below-average offensive player playing shortstop, while becoming a much more consistent defender. In fact, he became …

December 9, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Instant analysis: Pirates sign Liriano

SOUTH HILLS – The Pirates did not retain their No. 1 offseason target in Russell Martin but they did resign their No. 2 free agent, Francisco Liriano, on Tuesday. Liriano signed surprisingly early in the free agent process as the …

December 2, 2014
by Travis Sawchik

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Pirates’ payroll obligations as the clock nears midnight

SOUTH HILLS – The deadline to tender contracts to players without guaranteed contracts for next season is 11:59 p.m today. The key players to watch at the tender deadline are the players eligible for arbitration. The Pirates tendered contracts to …

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