- Johnah Keri of Grantland suggested it, and Travis Sawchik of the Tribune Review explored it in a little more detail, "it" being a Gerrit Cole contract extension.
- Pittsburgh Magazine's Pittsburgher of the Year? How about the Pittsburgh Pirates? Check it out; there's also a sidebar Bucco article in the issue by Tom Singer.
- Joe Lucia of The Outside Corner thinks that Edison Volquez's one-year contract is one of the riskier ones of the off season, adding that "If he's able to put together a season comparable to Jeff Locke's 1.1 fWAR of 2013, the Pirates should be satisfied..."
- Roger Schlueter of MLB.com takes note that Cutch is in some elite company now historically.
- Matthew Kory of Sports on Earth selects the Pirate playoff win against the Reds as one of the Top Ten Moments of the 2013 season. We agree.
- Ol' Bucco reliever Daniel McCutchen has caught on with the Rangers. Pirate backup of yore, OF Xavier Paul, has inked a deal with the Orioles.
- Mike White of the Post Gazette has the rundown on local high school players who went Division One this year.
Friday, December 20, 2013