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Join us as part of ‘Subway Final Word’

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media


The joint venture between WPXI-TV and Trib Total Media continues Sunday night at 11:35 p.m. — right after the Channel 11 News — with The Subway Final Word.

>> Who’s on the panel: I’ll join Josh Yohe, the Trib’s Penguins beat man, and Travis Sawchik, our Pirates beat man. The host will be WPXI-TV’s Alby Oxenreiter.

>> What we’re talking about: The Pirates’ surge, Penguins’ free agency and more.

>> How to participate: Each week, we also take comments that viewers submit to The Subway Final Word’s Facebook page and Twitter account.

>> Where to watch: In addition to the broadcast on WPXI-TV (811 on Comcast), we have WPXI’s online stream for Pittsburgh’s many out-of-town sports fans.

Here’s last week’s full episode.

Really hope to have you along, not only watching but also joining in!

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.


  1. Maz in Iowa says:

    I realize teams hate trading within their own division.Having said that…With the addition of Addison Russell (ranked 14th) from Double-A Midland, the Cubs now have two of the top young shortstop prospects in baseball (along with Baez).They also have Castro in the majors.There are some who see Alen Hanson as more of a 2nd basemen too.Now you’re saying these sentences need to correlate OK here it is……..Is there any chance the Bucs could swing a trade to acquire Baez OR Russell?I know there are some who think Hanson is the answer at SS.However he had 32 errors between A/AA last year in 132 games.He has 23 in 75 games this year).So he’s looking at almost 45 errors this year…plus they’ve sat him down with some problems(they are not saying what those problems are btw).If/when Walker decides to stay or go Hanson might be the 2B and when Pedro goes then Harrison takes over at 3rd.Mercer has a couple more years at SS,BUT maybe a trade is possible for a younger prospect.Just a thought

  2. Maz in Iowa says:

    BTW my thinking is Cole Tucker is at least 4 years away….plus we never know what “could”happen in 4-5 years

  3. Ghost says:

    Don’t know the answer to your question, Maz…
    But dang it must stink to be a Cubs fan. Everyone knew they’d trade Samardzija, but they threw in the towel even before the All-Star Game.

  4. Naje says:

    And you never know what could happen to some other team’s supposedly coveted minor league players, Maz. Not everyone on other teams is going to be great or far superior or even slightly better than what the PBC currently have.

  5. bpn8pitt says:

    Please be careful with Cole’s shoulder, Pirates. That is all.

  6. 21sthebest says:

    Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my!

  7. Thundercrack says:

    Is Baez projected to eventually be a third baseman? Or am I thinking of another Cubs prospects?

  8. Tom P. says:

    According to, the Pirates are first in OBP. We haven’t said that in awhile.

  9. chethejet1 says:

    Don’t quite get the trade of the cubs two pitchers. Seems to me that was leaves two big slots to fill. I wouldn’t have made a deal like this for the Bucs for two, but Hammels was someone I would have kicked the tires. By the way, nice job so far by Lloyd Mac in Seattle. Team is much better than I thought they would be. Cano was a bad deal for the money but I guess they needed to really overpay to get him there.

  10. DJ says:

    Yohe: “Downie has been working in Toronto with former Penguins forward Gary Roberts to improve his conditioning.”

    Hope Sutter tags along. And let’s have the Pens pick up the tab.

  11. Scott says:

    Now that the A’s have made the first major trade move in JUNE, what would the Bucs be willing to give up to get David Price? Josh Bell & Heredia? Better start thinking about it

  12. chethejet1 says:

    Bucs season comes down to health of Cole and Francisco returning to last years form. If those two can duplicate last year, then not uncomfortable with rotation of Morton and Vasquez with either Locke or Worley. Pimental has to go down to Indy pitch more and develop.

  13. Jim S. says:

    2b or 3b, TC.

  14. Jim S. says:

    I’d give them up, but I don’t believe Heredia has that much trade value at this point. He’s still young, but not enjoying much success.

    It will take a better pitching prospect and Josh Bell, at a minimum.

  15. Maz in Iowa says:

    What I don’t get is from everything I’ve read in the last year the Cubs were interested in pitching(big time in fact).The only thing I can figure is the Cubs might already be planning on using all their depth at SS to acquire pitching.Knowing what a cherished commodity a good SS is they might already have a plan with another team OR two to make a trade.Theo Epstein is a pretty smart cookie IMO

  16. Scott says:

    I’d still make the trade for Price, because you get him this year & next. Meaning you get him for a WC push this year and a Div title push next year.

  17. Maz in Iowa says:

    I’d be thinking a lot more than that.More like one (or two)of Taillon,Kingham,Glasnow PLUS either Bell or Meadows.Price is perennially a Cy Young candidate

  18. Jim S. says:

    I think Cubs management feels they are fairly close to assembling a very nice future lineup that will contend for many years, Ghost. Russell fits very nicely in those plans. They have no intention of veering from the plan for a short term gain.

    They are focused on 2016 and beyond, I believe. These 2 pitchers are not part of that plan, and neither are the last 80 games of this year.

    A lot of fans don’t want to hear that, but it could payoff big for a bunch of years if/when the high end prospects all arrive. Or, it could blow up in their faces. But, that is the path they’ve chosen.

  19. Jim S. says:

    They have a young, talented SS right now, and he is signed to a reasonable long term deal. He could easily be traded.

  20. Jim S. says:

    I agree on that, Maz. It will take a lot.

  21. Maz in Iowa says:

    With uber prospect 22 year old 3B Kris Bryant(29 HRs and .350 BA)at AAA in 85 games)the Cubs are close to having a very good infield for a very long time.Riizo at first…..Castro SS…..Bryant 3B,,,,,Russell,Alcantara or Baez 2B.

  22. hockeymonster says:

    Scary Gary should be assistant coach now that Green is out. He should just stand behind the bench staring at the opposing players and coaches.

  23. Maz in Iowa says:

    Oakland just sent out a challenge to the Angels.That trade might just start out a dominoes effect for a lot of teams.Stay tuned to MLB trade rumors.

  24. Maz in Iowa says:

    Acquiring Price might mean(and his $14 million contract) forgetting about re-signing Martin and/or Walker.Not sure the PBC is ready to do that(in fact it is very doubtful)

  25. Thundercrack says:

    I think it’s a very good trade for the A’s this year. But it will also be interesting to see what their team is like in 2-3 years.

    Signing Hammel to a one year deal was a really good move by the Cubs

  26. Thundercrack says:

    What is Liriano making this year? His money could go towards Price

  27. Maz in Iowa says:

    He signed a 2 year deal for $7 mil.Guessing $3.5 mil.

  28. Maz in Iowa says:

    Glasnow and Kingham Both Start Tonight

  29. chethejet1 says:

    Francisco makes with incentives close to 8 million this year. Bucs are like the Pens in some respect. Pens have young defense men who cheap so they can add forwards the next couple of years. Bucs have young arms coming so they can concentrate on position players. No thanks to big contracts and costs like Price. Signing Martin and extending Walker is the way to go here if the numbers are within the structure. At some point the Pirates have to spend at least 90% of the Reds, Cards and Brewers. Next year based on expected revenue, 90 million payroll should be a no brainer.

  30. Maz in Iowa says:

    Agreed.Also thx for the correction on his contract sir

  31. 21sthebest says:

    I have a better chance of pitching for the Pirates than David Price does.

  32. bpn8pitt says:


  33. Stolmy is out of options. Have to be the Convenience List.

  34. bpn8pitt says:

    Rudy Owens? Robbie Grossman?

  35. Arriba Wilver says:

    Or answering the challenge of the Angels getting Grilli. :-)

  36. Maz in Iowa says:

    Gregory Polanco RF
    Starling Marte LF
    Andrew McCutchen CF
    Ike Davis 1B
    Josh Harrison 2B
    Pedro Alvarez 3B
    Jordy Mercer SS
    Chris Stewart C
    (Edinson Volquez P)

  37. Maz in Iowa says:

    Walker/Martin will sit this one out.CAPT Obvious

  38. pattonbb says:


  39. scapper says:

    And there we have the funniest post of the weekend!! Beautiful.

  40. Sisyphus says:

    The deal would have to start with Glasnow and Bell, with lots more included. It’s not going to happen.

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