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05-18

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What You Need to Know: 8 2/3
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Steven Jacobson

05-10

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BP Unfiltered: Wandy Rodriguez Throws A Hidden Reverse Humber
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Kate Morrison

05-04

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Rubbing Mud: The Best Rivalry In Baseball (Right Now)
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Matthew Trueblood

05-01

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Daisy Cutter: Andrew McCutchen Has A Cold Streak
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Sahadev Sharma

04-17

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Painting the Black: Pedro Alvarez's Trip From Worst to First
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R.J. Anderson

04-09

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Transaction Analysis: Harrison Scored
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R.J. Anderson

03-24

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Every Team's Moneyball: Pittsburgh Pirates: MLB's Apple Watch
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Jeff Moore

02-26

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Rumor Roundup: It's Never Too Early to Think About Extending Andrew McCutchen Forever
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Chris Mosch

02-23

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Transaction Analysis: City of Injureds
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R.J. Anderson and Tucker Blair

02-17

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An Agent's Take: The Joy of the Trade
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Joshua Kusnick

01-30

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Transaction Analysis: Big Giant Snider
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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Jeff Quinton

12-22

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Fantasy Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Keith Cromer

12-22

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Transaction Analysis: Martin in Miami, Nate to New York
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

12-11

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Transaction Analysis: The Antonio Bastardo Trade
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R.J. Anderson

12-10

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Transaction Analysis: The Pittsburgh Pounce
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Andrew Koo

11-19

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2015 Prospects: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects
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Chris Mellen and BP Prospect Staff

11-17

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Transaction Analysis: Diamondbacks Trade For Jeremy Hellickson
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R.J. Anderson, Mark Anderson, Craig Goldstein and Bret Sayre

11-03

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Hot Stove Scouting Report: Russell Martin
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Chris Rodriguez

10-01

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9

Playoff Prospectus: NL Wild Card Game Preview
by
Mike Gianella

09-30

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6

Daisy Cutter: The Draw of Averages
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Sahadev Sharma

09-19

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15

Notes About Baseball: The Second-Hardest Part of Baseball
by
Rocco DeMaro

09-16

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Prospectus Review: 'That Foul Tip Had Better Have Hit Your Testicles'
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Miles Wray

08-18

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Transaction Analysis: Closer Reclamation Season
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R.J. Anderson

08-05

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Transaction Analysis: The Reasonable Overpay of Kurt Suzuki
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R.J. Anderson

07-02

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Transaction Analysis: A Closer Swap with Thee
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R.J. Anderson

06-27

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Transaction Analysis: Chris Crossed
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R.J. Anderson

06-17

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Transaction Analysis: Vance Like There's Nobody Watching
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R.J. Anderson

06-10

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The Call-Up: Gregory Polanco
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Ethan Purser and Paul Sporer

06-03

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Transaction Analysis: Single's Going Steady
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R.J. Anderson

05-29

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Transaction Analysis: No Way, Jose
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R.J. Anderson

05-27

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Monday Morning Ten Pack: May 27, 2014
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BP Prospect Staff

04-28

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 437: Charlie Wilmoth on the Pirates and the Psychology of Rooting for a Perennial Loser
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

04-25

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Book Excerpt: Dry Land
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Charlie Wilmoth

03-31

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Transaction Analysis: Darling Starling Stands By Pittsburgh
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R.J. Anderson

03-25

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Prospectus Preview: NL Central 2014 Preseason Preview
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Ken Funck and Harry Pavlidis

03-07

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Painting the Black: Spring Flings
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R.J. Anderson

02-24

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Rumor Roundup: Extending Trout
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Daniel Rathman

02-19

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 389: 2014 Season Preview Series: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Nick Wheatley-Schaller

02-13

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Transaction Analysis: Phillies Sign Burnett, Pirates Learn Lesson
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Ben Lindbergh and Mauricio Rubio

02-12

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Overthinking It: Where the Remaining Free Agents Would Matter the Most
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Ben Lindbergh

02-05

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Prospects Will Break Your Heart: Pittsburgh Pirates Top 10 Prospects
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Jason Parks

02-05

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Fantasy Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates
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Paul Sporer

01-02

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Transaction Analysis: Crain So Good Coulda Swore You Went to College
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R.J. Anderson and Mike Gianella

12-19

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Rumor Roundup: Who Likes Ike?
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Daniel Rathman

12-16

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Transaction Analysis: Another Smart St. Louis Signing, Another Typical Cleveland Closer
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Ben Lindbergh and Bret Sayre

12-13

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Raising Aces: Bush League: Jameson Taillon
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Doug Thorburn

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: More Morton
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Sam Miller

12-12

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Transaction Analysis: How Great Thou Bart
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R.J. Anderson, Bret Sayre and Ben Carsley

12-06

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Rumor Roundup: Fixing a Hole
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Daniel Rathman

12-03

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Transaction Analysis: A Medley of Moves
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Ben Lindbergh, R.J. Anderson and Bret Sayre

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May 18, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: 8 2/3

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Steven Jacobson

Shelby Miller almost made it, the Cubs keep surging, Michael Pineda's follow-up sucked, and the best defensive play of the weekend.

The Weekend Takeaway
On May 10th, the Cubs had just lost 3-2 to the lowly Brewers, and stood with a 45 percent chance at the playoffs; entering Friday’s contest against the Bucs, they were the winners of five straight and had jacked their playoff odds to 59 percent. In contrast, the Pirates came into Friday having dropped their last two to the Phillies and saw their playoff odds sink by 13 points to 24 percent since the beginning of May.


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What's a hidden reverse Humber, you wonder?

On the right day (or days), even the most unexceptional of pitchers can achieve remarkable things.

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While the boxers were holding their punches this weekend, the Cardinals and Pirates slugged each other into exhaustion.

Since the start of the 2011 season, the St. Louis Cardinals have won two NL Central titles, but reached the playoffs all four seasons (and they’re off to a blazing start that gives them a very good chance of extending that streak). It’s not quite fair to say that they’ve dominated the division—their two wins have been narrow, by five combined games, whereas they lagged well behind the Brewers and Reds in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Still, there’s no question the Cardinals are the dominant power of the group.

To wit, they have steamrolled three of their four (and for two seasons, four of their five) divisional foes in head-to-head matchups over the last four-plus seasons. Here are the records of those encounters:

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May 1, 2015 6:00 am

Daisy Cutter: Andrew McCutchen Has A Cold Streak

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Sahadev Sharma

Talking to a superstar in a slump--and to his opponents.

A bad April doesn’t mean much. Just ask Andrew McCutchen.

“Trophies don’t go to the ones who have a good month,” McCutchen said, pointing out that he’s been through plenty of rough Aprils and bounced back to have some pretty impressive seasons.

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April 17, 2015 6:00 am

Painting the Black: Pedro Alvarez's Trip From Worst to First

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R.J. Anderson

A deep dive into the Pirate first baseman's defense.

Call it poetic justice or karmic repayment, but there's something fitting about Pedro Alvarez having to corral wild throws at first base not even a year after leading third basemen in throwing errors.

Whatever the preferred term, Alvarez's transition across the diamond remains nascent. He suffered a season-ending stress reaction in his foot just five games after the initial move. Yet the Pirates proceeded as if Alvarez had taken ownership of the position, cementing his perch on top of the depth chart during the offseason by trading Ike Davis and non-tendering Gaby Sanchez. Though Pittsburgh later acquired Sean Rodriguez and signed Corey Hart—each of whom has and will see time at the cold corner—the implication came through loud and clear: Alvarez was Plan A.

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April 9, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Harrison Scored

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R.J. Anderson

The Pirates extend Josh Harrison, the A's extend Cody Ross an offer, and the Rays expand Allan Dykstra's role.

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How the Pirates jump first into new markets but don't over-invest.

Every day until Opening Day, Baseball Prospectus authors will preview two teams—one from the AL, one from the NL—identifying strategies those teams employ to gain an advantage. Today: the market-understanding Pirates and Mariners.

Week 1 previews: Giants | Royals | Dodgers | Rays | Padres | Astros | Rockies | Athletics | Yankees | Mets

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The Pirates want to keep their star 'for a long, long time,' while the Mets' crowded rotation will likely squeeze out the team's top two prospects.

Pirates willing to go to “great lengths” to keep McCutchen past current contract
Andrew McCutchen is currently under what is easily one of baseball’s most team-friendly contracts, with the Pirates owing the 2013 NL MVP just $37 million over the next three years before having the option to bring him back for $14.5 million in 2018. The center fielder has emerged as one of the top players in the game and the face of the Pirates, tallying upwards of six WARP each of the past three seasons while helping the club to two straight postseason berths after the franchise had gone two decades without one.


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February 23, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: City of Injureds

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R.J. Anderson and Tucker Blair

The Dodgers continue to restock the back of their rotation with gambles on injury-prone starters.

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February 17, 2015 6:00 am

An Agent's Take: The Joy of the Trade

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Joshua Kusnick

How a trade can sometimes be the best news.

Trades never get old. Sometimes they’re stressful, sometimes they're exciting, and it always depends on how your client reacts. Last week I had a player traded from the Pirates to the Braves: Bryton Trepagnier. I have a neat story about the trade process, and about how I found Bryton in the first place.

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January 30, 2015 6:00 am

Transaction Analysis: Big Giant Snider

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R.J. Anderson, Tucker Blair and Jeff Quinton

Do you seek the gold?

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December 22, 2014 6:00 am

Fantasy Team Preview: Pittsburgh Pirates

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Keith Cromer

There's a talented young core in the Steel City, with more intriguing prospects on the way.

On May 5th, the Pirates record stood at 12-20, and they were 9 ½ games out of first place in the NL Central. Following two decades of futility prior to their breakout 2013 season, it appeared the Pirates were headed to another disappointing season. However, tides turned and from that point forward the Bucs went 76-54, including a 17-9 record in September, earning another trip to the NL wild card game.

The back-to-back postseason appearances for the Pirates have been driven by a talented core of young homegrown players (Andrew McCutchen, Gerrit Cole, Neil Walker, Starling Marte, Pedro Alvarez, etc..) and there are more top prospects on the way soon. Replacing a team leader like Russell Martin will be difficult, and with the question marks right now at the end of their rotation, the Pirates could be looking again to their deep farm system for help in 2015.

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