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Final: Yankees 4, Pirates 3, Game 1, doubleheader

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Looking ahead to first pitch …

Game 1, doubleheader: Pirates (17-24) vs. New York Yankees (22-19)

Time: 1:05 p.m.

Site: Yankee Stadium, New York

TV, Radio: Root Sports, 93.7 The Fan

Here’s the official live box score.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page and our Bucco Blog. Travis Sawchik is on the scene for the Trib.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and, recently, his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

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  1. JAL says:

    JAL’s As Tears Go By Morning Links

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLm_vVUhH5s

    GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

    1- MLB Transactions

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/pittsburgh_pirates/

    3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsjN0zO-DxI0dDNkaWxFNWIwNDVUQzEwYXp5SlpGNkE&usp=drive_web#gid=0

    4 Pirates Prospects

    Pittsburgh Pirates Organizational Probable Pitching Chart

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/probable-pitchers

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: Shifting Has Become Very Common in Baseball

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/first-pitch-shifting-has-become-very-common-in-baseball.html

    Prospect Reports: Phil Irwin Getting Back the Feel For His Pitches

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/prospect-reports-phil-irwin-getting-back-the-feel-for-his-pitches.html

    Prospect Watch: Three Hits Each For Alen Hanson and Gregory Polanco

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/prospect-watch-three-hits-each-for-alen-hanson-and-gregory-polanco.html

    Brandon Cumpton to be the 26th Man, Nevin Ashley Could Come Up

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/05/brandon-cumpton-to-be-the-26th-man-nevin-ashley-could-come-up.html

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Strandtastic season continues with 7-1 loss to Yankees

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2014/5/17/5727260/strandtastic-season-continues-with-7-1-loss-to-yankees

    7 Rumbunter

    When Gregory Polanco Arrives, It Might Not Be Enough

    http://rumbunter.com/2014/05/17/gregory-polanco-pittsburgh-pirates/

    8 Green Weenie

    Bronx Bombers Blast Bucs 7-1

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2014/05/bronx-bombers-blast-bucs-7-1.html

    9 WHYGAVS

    Moving On

    http://whygavs.com/may-2014/moving-on.html

    10 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Yankees 7, Pirates 1

    http://raisethejollyroger.com/2014/05/yankees-7-pirates-1/

  2. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 New York Times

    Five Homers Lift Yanks, but Bullpen Doesn’t Get Hoped-For Relief

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/sports/baseball/five-homers-lift-yanks-but-bullpen-doesnt-get-hoped-for-relief.html?_r=0

    After Trade to Pittsburgh, a Former Met Finds a Career Renaissance

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/sports/baseball/after-trade-to-pittsburgh-a-former-met-finds-a-career-renaissance.html

    Taste of Postseason Doesn’t Sway Pirates From Their Careful Path

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/18/sports/baseball/taste-of-postseason-doesnt-sway-pirates-from-their-careful-path.html

    12 CBS Sports

    Yankees smash five homers in easy win over Pirates

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/gametracker/recap/MLB_20140517_PIT@NYY/yankees-smash-five-homers-in-easy-win-over-pirates

    13 Chicago Sun Times

    Cubs’ situational hitting a bright spot in 3-0 victory over Brewers

    http://www.suntimes.com/sports/baseball/cubs/27511467-573/cubs-situational-hitting-a-bright-spot-in-3-0-victory-over-brewers.html#.U3iSM0O8Bs4

    14 Augusta Chronicle

    Pittsburgh Pirates first-rounder Reese McGuire shows talent behind plate

    http://m.chronicle.augusta.com/sports/baseball/2014-05-17/pittsburgh-pirates-first-rounder-reese-mcguire-shows-talent-behind-plate

    15 Pirates Site

    Volquez can’t keep Yanks in the yard as Bucs fall

    http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2014_05_17_pitmlb_nyamlb_1&mode=recap_away&c_id=pit

    Notebook: Polanco continues to make Triple-A look easy

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140517&content_id=75809608&notebook_id=75879370&vkey=notebook_pit&c_id=pit

    16 Cincinnati Enquirer

    Bailey roughed up early as Reds fall to the Phillies

    http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/reds/2014/05/17/reds-phillies/9235017/

    17 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Brewers fail to support Garza again

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/brewers/brewers-fail-to-support-garza-again-b99272229z1-259669831.html

    18 St. Louis Post Dispatch

    Bernie: Cards are doing the little things to get back on track

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/bernie-miklasz/bernie-cards-are-doing-the-little-things-to-get-back/article_7bfbb30b-58ab-54ea-bca6-fdd0577b1db2.html

    19 Fangraphs

    Just How Rare Is a 14-Pitch Plate Appearance?

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/tht-live/just-how-rare-is-a-14-pitch-plate-appearance/

    20 SB Nation

    Alfredo Despaigne close to majors, close to never playing in majors

    http://www.sbnation.com/mlb/2014/5/16/5723752/alfredo-despaigne-cuba-mexican-league

  3. radio wave says:

    As a pirates and Red Sox fan I have a duel reason to hope for a double header sweep today. And it’s difficult to root for the Cardinals to keep winning so they can overtake the Brewers and tighten up the divisional race, but I guess that’s what it has come to.

  4. Arriba Wilver says:

    Great song choice, JAL.

  5. Baywatch says:

    I think I jinxed us, early in the season, when I said I missed pulling for a LOSER. That was, uh, REAL EARLY in the season!

  6. JohninOshkosh says:

    Not sure my eyeballs can take another game like yesterday’s, but game is on MLBN nationally.

    Let’s leave the Bronx with a “W”.

  7. Arriba Wilver says:

    If for no other reason, to shut Greg Brown up. ;-)

  8. Steelag70 says:

    +++++

    This team needs to get things on track pretty quick…no better time to start than today. :)

  9. NMR says:

    This team has literally added chapters to the book of creative ways to lose baseball games this year.

    Pulled the ole poor baserunning and solo homeruns against trick yesterday. Classic.

  10. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1

    And we can’t even blame Garrett for the poor base running. Who’s the base running coach, Bylsma?

  11. Steelag70 says:

    It does look like though that maybe Marte has found his spot in the lineup…..

  12. Steelag70 says:

    Way to go Kid!!!

  13. radio wave says:

    Nothing better than hearing John Sterling call a Bucs homer on Yankees radio.

  14. Patrick(ri) says:

    Watched every miserable pitch yesterday, got up to let the dog out after Snider’s observational at bat and “boom” goes Walker. Thank goodness for interminable replays.

  15. NMR says:

    I missed our old friend Bob Hasis while watching Gaby lumber around 3rd!

  16. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Can still play that on the guitar, even with stiff fingers of older age.

  17. radio wave says:

    Compton 26th man today.

  18. Patrick(ri) says:

    I thought the Yankees bunted once or twice a season — do their scouts have a low opinion of
    Pirate defense or Pirate pitchers temperament?

  19. radio wave says:

    The most obnoxious self absorbed broadcaster in sports.

  20. Me, too, NMR. What are you doing at work BTW?

  21. JohninOshkosh says:

    That distinction goes to the Cardinals’ Mike Shannon. Ear killer.

  22. Reading says:

    That 1-0 lead lasted about 5 minutes.

  23. Steelag70 says:

    Come on Charlie…..

  24. Baywatch says:

    Seems, outside the game he went 8 a few weeks ago, it’s been Bad Charlie all year. Think we could get Erik Bedard for him at this point? Somebody with a slow heartbeat that doesn’t hit 3 batters a game?

  25. Steelag70 says:

    This team can’t seem to handle prosperity….

  26. Andrew says:

    Writing another chapter NMR.

  27. Steelag70 says:

    Geezzz

  28. Reading says:

    Yankees with more runs than outs.

  29. Steelag70 says:

    ++++

  30. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    The summer of Budgetball

  31. Baywatch says:

    Somebody break out the Suck Meter!

  32. Reading says:

    10-0, 12-0, 16-3.

  33. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Budgetball

    a film by Bob Nutting
    produced by Neal Huntington
    directed by Clint Hurdle

  34. radio wave says:

    Yankees announcers were trying to figure out Morton’s statistics. Now I think they understand.

  35. The Gunner says:

    Morton is a very frustrating case. He finally got out of the 1st inning. Maybe we’ll get 5 innings out of him today.

  36. 1960 WS. I saw the 16-3 one. Was in 2nd grade.

  37. Starring the Pirate roster. Minus G. Polanco.

  38. JohninOshkosh says:

    Starring Bobcat Goldthwait as evil Nutting and Harry Styles as boy wonder Huntington.

    A dramedy for all ages. Also starring Chris Hemsworth as Dejan Kovacevic.

    You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll kiss 10 bucks goodbye.

  39. Reading says:

    Wheels exploding. Quality play by all concerned. 4 hop throw. Whiff at second. Lead off triple for all intents and purposes.

  40. Florida Steeler says:

    5 inning Charley may not make it today. Nice play by Barmes–the off season moves are pathetic.

  41. bpn8pitt says:

    “dripping with power”

    “ML ready defensively”

  42. Milo Hamilton says:

    Having fun yet ?

  43. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Always nice to see the “flood of talent” from that prosperous 2009 draft succeed in the majors…
    Oh wait.

  44. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Beautiful man…just beautiful

  45. radio wave says:

    Just after Yankees announcers say Kelly is not much of a baserunner he steals and on the terrible throw advances to third. This is getting painful in a real hurry.

  46. Patrick(ri) says:

    A strategy from the first serious coach I had (dark ages): when facing a team he thought was weak, he had us bunting, stealing and faking both. His pre-game advice,”get the ball in play. . . They will screw it up somehow.” The Bad News Pirates appear to be on display, again.

  47. Thundercrack says:

    I agree with Walk in that Barmes should have stopped that throw. But that throw from Sanchez was pathetic. It was a little-league throw.

  48. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    2009 MLB Draft
    Tony Sanchez #4
    Mike Trout #25

    Well played…well played

  49. JohninOshkosh says:

    We’re partying like it’s 1999.

  50. The Gunner says:

    I remember those games well as an 11 year old.

    God almighty! Tony Sanchez is such a defensive liability.

  51. Baywatch says:

    Thank you, God, for the HAPPINESS SANDWICH Me & Mrs. Bay had in Pittsburgh last weekend!

  52. Reading says:

    The massive slider/cutter/curve that ricochets sideways at warp speed about 100 feet from home is fantastic.

  53. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’ve got John & Suzyn on the phone while watching on TV. Sterling can’t see anymore. Hey, I gotta do something to entertain myself. This is brutal.

    Go Rangers. :)

  54. JohninOshkosh says:

    How’d that rookie camp thingee go ? :)

  55. NMR says:

    Writing proposals. Which is actually less painful than listening to this game. :(

  56. cmat0829 says:

    wow, another sloppy game and we’re only in the 2nd inning. Morton’s pitches have incredible movement but that means little if he cannot figure out how to harness it.

    Pretty clear you can’t win any games in Yankee Stadium scoring one run. The Yanks’ pitchers ERAs seem to allow for some hope but the Pirates offenses’ AAWMMTNFSRW stat this year probably dooms them. By the way, that is “Awful Approaches Which Mean They Never Follow Scouting Reports Whatsoever”. Easy to see the Yankee Stadium “paydirt” field is right center… Yankee hitters, including Soriano, know exactly how to swing for that gap… Pirates hitters? Nah.. it’s like they’ve never seen the balls fly out that way.

  57. NMR says:

    I see your back and in great spirits.

  58. NMR says:

    *you’re

  59. The Gunner says:

    So what do you think of Morton today, Milo?

  60. JohninOshkosh says:

    Love Suze. Classic New York.

  61. cmat0829 says:

    no doubt sanchez throw sucked. but barmes flat-out needs to stop a two hopper right to him. inexcusable. I can excuse tony rushing and throwing over the batter’s shoulders… but can not excuse barmes playing it like a bullfighter.

  62. NMR says:

    Haha, Jim and I were commenting on this last week.

    Who in the hell ever gave Sanchez positive reviews for his pitch blocking I’ve been reading about? Guy is painful to watch.

  63. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’ve got a pretty good handle on the Yankees. 60% of their starting rotation is on the DL. They aren’t very good.

  64. cmat0829 says:

    the 2009 draft strategy has been debated ad nauseum… no doubt Sanchez wasnt the right pick at 4…but no need to pile on 24 other teams with the Mike Trout at 25 reference. it isn’t needed.

  65. NMR says:

    Couple classics there, buddy.

  66. bpn8pitt says:

    Groat, one things for sure. When Polanco comes up, I’ll be happy as hell the Travis Snider Era will be over.

  67. Milo Hamilton says:

    The poster boy for signability.

  68. NMR says:

    Are you ready to talk prospects yet? I am.

    When these guys decide to play like Major Leaguers then I’ll care about them.

  69. NMR says:

    stinks.

  70. cmat0829 says:

    “OH MY GAWWWD JOWWNNNNN, HIROKI KURODA HAS A ONE HITTER GOING THROUGH 3… IT’S INCREDIBLE”….

    Nothing more entertaining than taking in a Yanks game on 880 WCBS… Sterling is a treasure in a watching a bad accident kind-of way and Susie is worth about 10 belly laughs a game (not intentional). But the best part might be that anything and everything is sponsored… “This 2-1 pitch is sponsored by Century 21 Realty…..”

  71. Milo Hamilton says:

    If you insist. Stinks.

  72. cmat0829 says:

    I think Tony needs to switch to the catchers mitt they used to use on knuckleballers in the 80′s…. Morton’s movement is off the charts, and that is not in a good way.

  73. The Gunner says:

    Thanks Milo. I like the way you tell it like it is.

  74. bpn8pitt says:

    I don’t know what they are gonna do at catcher, man. Its like whatever they do has some risk.

    I think the two years for Martin was to buy Sanchez some time. I don’t know bout you, but I don’t need any more time on Sanchez. No way in hell they can give him the job next year.

  75. cmat0829 says:

    Time for the Pirates big 3 to get something going… yesterday, they were the only players in the lineup without a hit…and that led to the 1-run outcome. Today Neil started things off but we need another jump start…. we won’t win many (if any) games with our big 3 going 0-fer. Cutch’s toe I think is really bothering him…and Pedro is well, Pedro.

  76. JohninOshkosh says:

    Yes!!!

    My wife told me to mow the lawn!

  77. Wild Bill says:

    Yankees fans look utterly bored. Poor fools probably bought tickets thinking tat one the basis of last season, they’d be watching competitive, professional baseball.

  78. bpn8pitt says:

    There was some nut calling in on the postgame show complaining about Cutch not stealing enough bases.

    As much as he’s walked, the fact he hasn’t been stealing can indicate there is something up with his ankle or foot. That, and he doesn’t want to take the bat out of Pedros hands, if there is two outs.

  79. Milo Hamilton says:

    NMR,

    You were asking about talking prospects. The discussion at our weekly Sunday breakfast pow wow was what we get for Martin & Liriano at the deadline.

  80. Wild Bill says:

    Or, “that on” … Jandy strikes again.

  81. I thought about watching the grass grow today.

  82. Let’s not stop there fellas.

  83. Patrick(ri) says:

    Just throw it in the dirt, Kuroda, Marte will take care of the rest

  84. Wild Bill says:

    Why would any pitcher ever throw Marte more than one strike?

  85. Milo Hamilton says:

    Like that ?

  86. Patrick(ri) says:

    I am shocked!

  87. Patrick(ri) says:

    Article in today’s NYT about how he has improved his hitting –I am sure he would like a big hit.

  88. The Gunner says:

    So will Gaby get an RBI or two here?

  89. Milo Hamilton says:

    I really think Andrew Lambo could have done .255 with 2 homers & 15 RBI. Gaby’s doing better than that & he never plays.

  90. radio wave says:

    A chance at a beginning down the drain.

  91. Patrick(ri) says:

    Article on the opposite page about how the Pirates are staying the course, with some quotes from Pirate GM. He didn’t say what can be done about near absolute futility with bases loaded . . .

  92. Florida Steeler says:

    That a boy Gaby. But,some stat guy will try to convince me that he is good by quoting the meaningless OPS. The guy has 10 RBI”s.
    Loney wasn’t good enough with his .311 BA and 25 RBI’s.

  93. Wild Bill says:

    How Who Must Not Be Named went 3 for 4 AGAIN last night, now .389.

    Eye continue to look forward to when this career minor leaguer is finally ready for the majors.

  94. chethejet1 says:

    This team is fading faster than they should. They don’t compete for bats and getting outs. Hurdle has to quit the long season crap and place very short term items that need addressed right now. This team needs a shake up and someone has to go right now. Others need to know they can do this in Indy until they give a crap. This team is far too casual. Hurdle has to tell them point blank this is unacceptable and we will make the changes necessary to stay in the race. When Martin comes back, T Sanchez has to be told point blank he has no future with this level of play. All the stats are for losers. They get swept by the Yankees, time for NH to shake things up.

  95. Wild Bill says:

    How is a He, by the way. It’s auto correct, not Jandy, after all.

  96. Florida Steeler says:

    It won’t happen with Hurdle–he has more excuses than Walk. As long as he has his bucket of bubble gum; all is well with Hurdle.

  97. Flbucco says:

    Hope Huntington enjoys seeing 10 to 15,000 empty seats during September home games

  98. Milo Hamilton says:

    Casual is a great word. The lapses in the field really point to that. And it’s not just the players, it’s organization wide. From the top down. It started with their casual approach to the off season.

  99. The Gunner says:

    They REALLY SUCK, Chester

  100. Wild Bill says:

    First base ump utterly bored too, and took a snooze.

  101. Flbucco says:

    C’mon – nobody is harder on this team than me – but post the Sam message on 23 other team sites – stupid!

  102. radio wave says:

    And the bad guy tomy goes yard.

  103. Milo Hamilton says:

    A writer from the NY Post on the Yankees broadcast on why this has been the best Kuroda has looked all season, “The Pirates have been asleep since the game started.”

  104. chethejet1 says:

    Boy do you think the Rangers got the best pitcher out of Japan. I just can’t see why you get lathered up for a pitcher who needs his junk to work to be effective. Seems pretty ordinary to me. What is Japanese for laughing all the way to the bank.

  105. radio wave says:

    A punch and Judy inning but we will take it.

  106. Florida Steeler says:

    Kuroda is awful–it is a wonder Neal didn’t sign him!!! Oh wait–it cost money–thank God.

  107. Milo Hamilton says:

    You got the wrong guy Chet.

  108. Thundercrack says:

    So the players, who should be playing better, have taken their cue to be casual from the front office…because of what did or didn’t happen in the off season?

  109. Patrick(ri) says:

    Whoa! The offense is tuned to my Beagle — I took him out for ball chasing, and we get to this washed up pitcher. That is 2 home runs he cost me.

  110. chethejet1 says:

    Ok my bad, I get confused keeping track of the Japanese postal system.

  111. Wild Bill says:

    Terrible plate discipline. Why throw strikes when we swing anyway?

  112. The Gunner says:

    Pedro SUCKS

  113. cmat0829 says:

    um, this is not TANAKA, if that’s what you are referring to here…. he has been worth every penny so far…. Kuroda yes, is not great, but that was determined like 5 or 6 years ago…..

  114. Florida Steeler says:

    Down and away to Pedro and Marte and they will never hit it. Pedro was a HORRIBLE first round choice.

  115. Patrick(ri) says:

    Enough with the Zombie announcer!

  116. cmat0829 says:

    I’m not gonna get down (overall) on 2 very good players, Marte and Pedro, though it is hard not to…. but what was remarkable is that Marte, after swinging and missing at a pitch a foot and a half out of the strike zone, was visibly upset…knew that was wrong… and then proceeds to swing at the same pitch for the strikeout. So that actually made me more optimistic…he KNOWS it is wrong but just is physically incapable of picking up the pitch and avoiding it…. same with Pedro… it is uber frustrating that OUR stars can’t seem to do this, but most other teams’ stars can. But they are what they are.

  117. Thundercrack says:

    We should have drafted Trout instead of Sanchez AND Pedro

  118. cmat0829 says:

    THIS game is winnable… Cholley has settled down, thank goodness… and Kuroda is hittable…. LETS GO BUCS!!!

  119. dennis g says:

    It’s official. There is no one on this team better suited to bat first than Andrew McCutchen. And the Alvarez experiment at cleanup must end. Pedro seems to be lost again and has no edge on a right handed pitcher. Finally, Travis Snyder is not a major league baseball player. If you have to convert G.Sanchez or Mercer, then do it.

  120. Florida Steeler says:

    Proably the draft is a guess but we should have taken Wieters and Machado as well as Trout without too much guessing??? And, Pedro was rated very high by most.

  121. Wild Bill says:

    Finally figured our strategy- we’re trying cause the Yankees to doze off. It might just work.

  122. Patrick(ri) says:

    I remember the Big Red Machine’s 4th or 5th pitcher used to make Willie look bad with soft stuff and balls in the dirt. I suspect Marte will get better — not so sure about Pedro.

  123. dennis g says:

    Pirates had the shift on, against McCann anyway.

  124. dennis g says:

    If Bedard were pitching against Kuroda today the game might never end.

  125. Thundercrack says:

    If we go back to the Weiters draft than I demand we give them credit for picking Clemente as a rule 5 pick

  126. Patrick(ri) says:

    Davidson is unreal! He must have pictures of Selig.

  127. cmat0829 says:

    Bob Davidson is a GREAT umpire.. he might as well be doing the NYTimes crossword out there during the game….

  128. cmat0829 says:

    HE IS THE CREW CHIEF!! Can’t recall the year, I think 2004 or so, but Davidson was one of the umps fired after the strike picket line crossing for the umpires… he was part of the lawsuit to get reinstated… at the time I recall I had some sympathy for Bob and I don’t remember him being so awful , but now he is just plain bad.

  129. Thundercrack says:

    Bob Davidson is a joke.

    The Pirates should show good sportsmanship and intentionally walk Texiera …because he should be on first. :-)

  130. 21sthebest says:

    I’m not sure now how to explain our poor play after the 2011 and 2012 trade deadlines because I thought the front office took a reverse casual approach at those trade deadlines.

  131. bpn8pitt says:

    1 run game, 1st of a doubleheader, season slipping away?

    I’ll take it. And I’m calling a game at 6.

  132. Steelag70 says:

    Nice AB Tabby…

  133. radio wave says:

    Heart of the order vs. Yanks pen, critical inning.

  134. chethejet1 says:

    The two things I was really looking forward to was Polanco and Tallion. Now Tallion is on hold and that hurts the upgrade at two key positions. I believe Butler, age 29, (KC) is a FA with club option for 12 million. Headley who I like is 31 and would allow buccos to move Pedro since they have little chance to sign him. Butler not having a great year but he provides a nice RH banger. Not sure he is all that terrific defensively and Headley is IMHO decent at third. If they do that, they need to resign Martin but not for 12 to 14 million per. Wandy, Grilli, Franciso,Volquez and Martin free up 32 million and Cutch picks up an additional 3 and Marte a couple. Cole, Morton and hopefully Tallion by June and possibly Locke and mix and match some others as well. So there is plenty of cash to sign Butler and Headley and don’t be cheap.

  135. Milo Hamilton says:

    For everyone waiting for one foul ball in their lives, that guy just got two in the same at bat.

  136. bpn8pitt says:

    Not a terrible start by Charlie. Haven’t had many starters give them 7, that’s for sure.

  137. bpn8pitt says:

    Walker, Gaby and Morton will eat into that Chet.

  138. The Gunner says:

    So what will Pedro do now?

  139. Patrick(ri) says:

    I think the Cubs should sue for malfeasance. Soriano must be drinking young mouse blood, or something!

  140. bpn8pitt says:

    Always been a Pirate killer.

  141. Patrick(ri) says:

    Probably why he refused to even consider a trade.

  142. Milo Hamilton says:

    The Golden Sombrero for Marte.

  143. Steelag70 says:

    Uggghhhhh…Marte….

  144. radio wave says:

    Marte golden sombraro.

  145. bpn8pitt says:

    Hey, Seth Meyers.

  146. Steelag70 says:

    “Ole, o-le, o-ole, ole”….

  147. Steelag70 says:

    The law firm of Davis, Sanchez & Sanchez for the 9th…

  148. bpn8pitt says:

    Unreal how well they pitched the last 6 innings.

  149. The Gunner says:

    Morton is a very frustrating case

  150. bpn8pitt says:

    Lot of bad defense behind him, Gunner.

    But I know what you are saying. He usually has one bad inning that does him in.

  151. Florida Steeler says:

    Where are the stat guys that remind me how good Gaby and Ike are doing?? But, Loney and Morneau’s stats mean nothing?? More stupid moves by Neal.

  152. Steelag70 says:

    This is ridiculous…

  153. The Gunner says:

    Morton would have a much better win-loss record if he had a team behind him like the Pirates of 70s or early 90s

  154. chethejet1 says:

    Not Gabby he is gone. Walker either signs a decent deal or is done with his third arb. He simply isn’t that good. Butler is not a great signing but the Pirates have to find some bats or sign Headley and have him play first. The Pirates have to pay up for some bats. The increase for Morton and Marte are fine as Grilli covers that. I used 32 million as a payroll decline but add Gabby and Ike and you have 38 million. Wandy is gone either way, Francisco will price himself out of here…hello Angels. That is the economics of the game. But the Pirates have to spend on offense as they have plenty of cash to do so. Unfortunately, there aren’t any cathchers who are positive solutions and martin’s age will work against him getting a long term expensive deal. Two years 16 to 18 million is more than doable.

  155. chethejet1 says:

    Of the 38 million or so, the Pirates have approx 8 million on salary increases contractually. Add Pedro, Walker, Melancon, Watson and maybe you have 8 million increase. Add Martin at 8 million since I included him in the 38 million, that leaves 14 million to add one or two players. Even just adding a Headley will change the dynamics of the batting order. This works for me next year:
    Cutch RH
    Walker SH
    Marte RH
    Pedro LH
    Headley SH
    Polanco LH
    Martin RH
    Mercer? RH

  156. Arriba Wilver says:

    Way to welcome Playoffs back, Dudes.

    smh

  157. Chuck H says:

    I liked that one. Marte swings at all the balls thrown in the dirt. I bet if the pitcher rolled it in, he would swing at it.

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