Losing 95 games in a season will cause a shakeup to your coaching staff. Today the Pirates front office didn‚Äôt waste any time firing pitching coach Jeff Andrews and first base coach Lou Frazier Source: Post – Gazette
Free Preview: Inside Access The 2008 season is over for the Pirates and just like the last 16 years it is a season they would like to forget. The Pirates won their season finale today 6-1 to finish the season 67-95. Now it is time to look ahead to the off-season and some quick hits on a few players the Pirates may target.
Scott Boras and Pedro Alvarez are in downtown Pittsburgh today according to the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette. Alvarez and the Pirates have renegotiated their previous deal and the two sides appear close to finalizing a 4 year deal with a signing bonus worth close $6.4 million. The deal includes a MLB contract and the whole situation stemmed back to Alvarez not receiving an MLB contract. Source Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Update: The Pirates and Pedro Alvarez have agreed to¬†the¬†4-year contract and Alvarez will report to Bradenton to start his pro career.¬† The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that according to multiple sources the Pirates and Pedro Alvarez have agreed upon a new four-year major league contract worth $6,355,000. The bonus will be $6 million spread over four years as opposed to the original deal that was to have the bonus be spread over two years. When Alvarez is on the major league roster, he will make $400,000, $500,000, $550,000 and $700,000 per year. His minor league salary will be considerably less at $87,500 per year. Terms of a major league contract maintain that Alvarez will have to be placed on the 40-man roster once he passes a physical and signs the contract. Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The longest of seasons is coming to a close and none to quickly for the hometown Pirates. But for those of you who are staying¬†until closing time, you are being treated to a very interesting playoff race. All of the divisions are up for grabs¬†especially the wildcard spot.¬†Breaking down the division and wildcard races, you will see that there are many storylines going into the last, on average,¬†seventeen games. NL East The New York Mets are riding the hot bat of Carlos Delgado who has thrust himself into the NL MVP race. Delgado, going into last night’s game,¬†is batting .423 with5 HR and 10 RBI in¬†the month of September. He¬†hit¬†four home runs in seven at-bats in¬†his last two games. The problem with the Mets is that they lost Billy Wagner for the rest of this year and possibly all of next year.¬†Losing your closer¬†leaves a big hole on the back-endRead More »
Times couldn‚Äôt be any worse for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team is on the verge of possibly losing their first round pick Pedro Alvarez and to make matters worse the Pirates have lost 11 out of 13. The Pirates got out to a 5 run lead this afternoon but the Reds scored three runs in the eighth inning off of reliever Craig Hansen. The Reds comeback was led by Joey Votto who hit a solo homer and a tiebreaking, bases-loaded single in the eighth inning Thursday, completing the Reds’ rally from a five-run deficit to an 8-6 victory.
Nothing new to report on the Pedro Alvarez front. The Pirates have a very good offer on the table that I’m being told exceeds the signing bonus Tim Beckham received. (Speculation – $6.27 – $6.4 million range) Alvarez continues to seek a MLB contract under the advice of Scott Boras. Pittsburgh has been warming up to the idea of giving Alvarez a MLB contract but they want him to take a physical before hand. Even if the Pirates and Alvarez don‚Äôt reach an agreement on a MLB contract, Alvarez will most likely go against the advice of Boras and take the Pirates offer. There is just too much money on the table for Alvarez to pass up. Update 11:50 a.m. The Pirates remain in discussions with 20th round selection Quinton Miller. Discussions with Zachary Wilson are on going but his asking price remains very high. The team has an offerRead More »
4:33 p.m. It’s official – TIOPS has learned Jason Bay to Boston; Manny to LA. Could be others involved. John Heyman of CNNSI first reported the deal. 4:25 p.m. Dodgers to acquire Bay? More to come. Looks like the Dodgers late inquiry might have payed off – From the 1:00 p.m. hour – 1:44 p.m. “Jayson Stark is confirming the Blue Jays have inquired about Bay with the Cardinals being unconfirmed. The Dodgers made a inquiry I’ve been told.” 3:58 p.m. There’s has been something brewing with the Red sox for the past hour. Rosenthal is reporting talks may be back on. 3:48 Despite reports from Carrol and Goldstein, a deal has not been struck. As I reported at the 2:00 p.m. hour, the Pirates were targeting Wade Davis or Jeremy Hellickson to be included into the deal. Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com is reporting Brignac may not be available. 3:28Read More »