Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pirate Notes

Some Bucco news bits...

  • Rawlings NL Golden Glove finalists: Andrew McCutchen (CF), Starling Marte (LF) and Russ Martin (C). There are three finalists per position, and the winners will be announced tonight on ESPN2. Cutch won his first GG last year.
  • Gerrit Cole joined Jose Fernandez, Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Julio Teheran as Baseball America's All-Rookie Team starting rotation..
  • Marcus of Hidden Vigorish believes that defensive shifts were just a small part of the Bucco defensive line last season; he credits elite OF work, an improved Pedro, control of the running game and a staff that kept the ball in the yard as bigger contributors. Sounds about right to us. 
  • Jeff Zimmerman of MLB Trade Rumors has a model for the expected salaries of FA pitchers on the market. He pegs AJ as worth 2yrs/$24M (tho he expects a 1-yr deal) and Wandy, who is likely to trigger his $13M option, worth just one year at $5.7M after his injury-shortened 2013 campaign.
  • Travis Sawchik of the Tribune Review suggests "It would make a ton of sense for the Penguins and Pirates to form a joint regional sports network, which could provide year-round live content." And it would, once the Bucs are done with their lead balloon Root Sports contract in 2019.
  • SS Alen Hanson will represent the Pirates and Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League All Star game.
  • The Card's Carlos Beltran was presented with the Roberto Clemente Award for his contributions on and off the field.
  • MLB.com looks at the Bucs AFL roster and in particular Jameson Taillon and Alen Hansen:

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