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| Dec 11, 2013 - 2:47 PM
A couple quick notes from the Winter Meetings:
Charlie Morton got and extension with the Pirates. He will earn $4MM in 2014, $8MM in 2015-16 and has a $1MM buyout on a $10MM club option for the 2017 season.
The Pirates have requested the medical records for Johan Santana and are planning to meet with his agent this afternoon. This could represent another reunion for former Twin Liriano.
I don't mean this to be a trade rumor or anything but just a simple thought experiment. For 5 consecutive seasons from 2007-2011 the Pirates and Orioles both had top 5 picks in the baseball draft. During this time the two franchises had the opportunity to select up to 5 players each who could in theory be helping fuel their current success. My thought experiment is what if the two sides decided to swap all 5 first round picks today which team would come out ahead. In short would you want the Pirates to make such a move. First a disclaimer there is one player currently no longer within the Pirates organization who for this purpose we are going to assume they have reacquired.
Now let's review the 1st round draft picks.
2007: Daniel Moskos - Matt Wieters
2008: Pedro Alvarez - Brian Matusz
2009: Tony Sanchez - Matt Hobgood
2010: Jameson Taillon - Manny Machado
2011: Gerrit Cole - Dylan Bundy
Another way to view this trade which I believe makes it more accurate is to compare the relative position of each player in this trade.
Headliner: Gerrit Cole (6) - Manny Machado (5)
Top Prospect: Jameson Taillon (7) - Dylan Bundy (7)
Solid Starter: Pedro Alvarez (3) - Matt Wieters (2)
Contributor: Tony Sanchez (7) - Brian Matusz (3)
Throw In: Daniel Moskos (7) - Matt Hobgood (7)
In () I put an estimate of how many major league seasons each player can be controlled for. In the case of Taillon, Bundy, Sanchez, Moskos and Hobgood the answer is either 6 or 7 depending on whether or not you keep the player down for part of the year. For simplicity sake I assumed the clubs would hold out for the extra service year in all cases.
I think it is quite clear Machado is the best player in this deal but I also tend to think the Pirates players is more valuable in all other spots. Taillon and Bundy is close but Bundy is coming off TJ surgery which gives the edge to Taillon. Wieters ir probably a slightly more valuable player than Alvarez but the gap is small and the extra year tips the scale in Alvarez's favor. Matusz has the higher upside but very well could end up a reliever and with four less years of control than Sanchez I think he has more value. As for the throw ins they are essentially negligible but I'd take Moskos who looks like a serviceable left handed bullpen depth option over Hobgood who is a 23 year old who is... [Read More]
We sat down with Coach Hurdle last week and chatted about several subjects... the Dominican Academy... the progress report on whether or not AJ Burnett would re-sign with the Pirates... the evolution of the Pirates from 2012 to 2013... new Hitting Coach Jeff Branson...
It's all here, along with the usual bullcrap from me and Smitty (mostly me), and the announcement of a GREAT contest!
Thanks as always for listening and supporting us - we love you guys!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
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| Nov 20, 2013 - 1:37 PM
I was recommended by Ya Jagoff! -- http://www.yajagoff.com to take part in a Holiday charity. Community Human Services (CHS) seeks to provide a small gift for a local individual or family using their services of one of their programs. For many, this will be the only gift they receive during the holidays, and often these gifts are practical, useful, and accessible. And, they give help each person have a bit brighter winter from a warm winter coat to a cookware to fun toy.
To take part, us Bloggers were asked to write about a specific topic and that topic is ::
"What is the nicest thing that someone has done for you during the holidays?"
Oh, what a difficult topic this is, because most of us have received a lot of special gifts or have had someone do something that was nice or thoughtful for us at someone point during the Holidays. Perhaps its something as simple as someone holding a door for you when your hands are full, or allowing you to cut in front of them in line at a store because you have less items than them. There's plenty of nice gestures that, when we sit back and think about it, someone has done for us.
It's not always about the nice things that someone does for you but it can be something as simple as showing a token of appreciation towards something you did for them. The Holidays are the time of the season where we are and should be thinking about giving. Each of us goes out and buys someone a gift or makes someone a gift with the intent on giving. Some people do it as a forced requirement, some people do it out of the goodness of their hearts, but both have to give some form of thought towards the gesture. Even if its just cash or a gift card, there's thought that goes into that decision.
We all in some way are giving during the Holiday season, however, it's the reaction, and response to our gift and gesture that makes the difference. It's that response and reaction that is the true spirit of the Holidays. The gift or gesture doesn't have to be big, or expensive or extravagant, it needs to have meaning. No matter what it is, the appreciation in return is what gives that gift and gesture it's warmest feeling.
For me, it was 1994. The day after Christmas day. The night before on Christmas day, friends of my family had come... [Read More]
After an 0-4 start that saw the Steelers decimated by injuries and looking like they would be drafting in the top 5, they have now won 4 out of 6 and are back in contention for the second wild card spot. In the Steelers latest victory, they shut down one of the best offenses in the NFL for three quarters, except for a 27 point outburst by the Lions in the second quarter. Most of the blame for the way the season has gone so far has been placed on Offensive Coordinator Todd Haley, but in actuality, the Defense has failed this team the most.
In the first four games, all losses, the Offense averaged 17.2 points per game and was plagued by a lack of execution and turnovers. In the last six games, the Steelers have averaged 24.5 points per game and are 4-2 in those six with Antonio Brown and Jericho Cotchery on their way to career years. The Offensive Line, which suffered numerous injuries early on, seems to have stabilized and has been playing better as well.
The Defense has been the biggest issue with the Steelers this season in my opinion, with Dick LeBeau somehow escaping alot of criticism. They have displayed the worst tackling ability I have seen on a Steelers Defense in a long time, while showing little ability to get to the Quarterback and create turnovers. In the first four games this season, the Defense gave up an average of 27.5 points per game during an 0-4 start. During the last four games in which the Steelers have gone 2-2, the Defense has given up an average of 28.25 points per game, including 55 to New England.
As bad as the Steelers have looked, they are still in contention for the second wild card spot, with a favorable schedule the rest of the way. Four out of the six games remaining are division games, with the other two games being against Miami and a Green Bay Packers team minus Aaron Rogers. These are all winnable games that could have the Steelers finishing at 10-6.
Even if the Steelers are able to pull this off, I believe that changes still need to be made. Kevin Colbert has proven he doesn't have the ability to draft a talented roster with depth. Running the table and making the playoffs won't hide that fact, and in fact may prevent the Rooney's from making the necessary changes at season's end. Either way, to see the Steelers run the table would be an incredible finish after a horrendous start.
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