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Martinez dealt to Cleveland

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The Pirates have traded right-hander Joe Martinez to the Indians for cash considerations, the team announced on Tuesday.

Martinez had been designated for assignment on Dec. 22, so that a spot on the 40-man roster could be opened for free agent signee Kevin Correia. Following that roster move, Pittsburgh had 10 days to trade, release or outright Martinez to the Minors.

Martinez’s stint with the Pirates was a brief one. He was acquired along with outfielder John Bowker from the Giants for Javier Lopez at the July Trade Deadline. He spent a month pitching in Triple-A before joining the Pirates in September.

With Pittsburgh, Martinez made five appearances out of the bullpen. He was expected to provide either starting pitching depth or compete for a spot as a middle reliever.

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Dissecting the free agent options

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To go in conjunction with this story I wrote for the main site today, I thought it would be worth taking a deeper look into the numbers of some of the potential free agent starting pitching targets that were mentioned in the story.

And this is where you get involved, too. Take a look at the data and feel free to chime in with what you would do if you were GM this offseason. Remember, you have to work within the same parameters that Neal Huntington does — meaning that you can’t spend $100 million on free agents. Be realistic.

What I think you’ll see is the conundrum that the Pirates are in. How many of these options really look all that good when you factor in each of their demands (which are high given the thin market)? Which would you gamble on? Would love to hear your thoughts.

Jorge de la Rosa, 29 years old

2008: 10-8 with 4.92 ERA; 28 games (23 starts); 130 IP, 62 BB, 128 K, 1.462 WHIP
2009: 16-9 with 4.38 ERA; 33 games (32 starts); 185 IP, 83 BB, 193 K, 1.378 WHIP 
2010: 8-7 with 4.22 ERA; 20 starts; 121.2 IP, 55 BB, 113 K, 1.315 WHIP 
Career: 49-47 with 5.02 ERA; 178 games (116 starts); 710.2 IP, 359 BB, 630 K, 1.523 WHIP 
Other notes: Type A free agent (would cost Pirates second-round Draft pick); reportedly looking for more than three-year deal; reportedly been offered three-year contract from Rockies; missed two months in 2010 due to torn flexor tendon in left finger.

Carl Pavano, 34 years old

2008: 4-2 with 5.77 ERA; 7 starts; 34.1 IP, 10 BB, 15 K, 1.485 WHIP
2009: 14-12 with 5.10 ERA; 33 starts; 199.1 IP, 39 BB, 147 K, 1.375 WHIP
2010: 17-11 with 3.75 ERA; 32 starts; 221 IP, 37 BB, 117 K, 1.195 WHIP
Career: 97-89 with 4.34 ERA; 258 games (240 starts); 1503.2 IP, 377 BB, 956 K, 1.334 WHIP
Other notes: 2010 win total and innings pitched both highest since 2004; reportedly seeking contract close to three-year, $33 million Ted Lilly received; at least a half dozen interested teams already.

Jon Garland, 31 years old

2008: 14-8 with 4.90 ERA; 32 starts; 196.2 IP, 59 BB, 90 K, 1.505 WHIP
2009: 11-13 with 4.01 ERA; 33 starts; 204 IP, 61 BB, 109 K, 1.402 WHIP 
2010: 14-12 with 3.47 ERA; 33 starts; 200 IP, 87 BB, 136 K, 1.315 WHIP
Career: 131-114 with 4.32 ERA; 344 games (321 starts); 2029.1 IP, 680 BB, 1096 K, 1.380 WHIP
Other notes: Declined $6.75 million mutual option at end of season; likely seeking multi-year deal; Type B free agent; at least half dozen interested teams already. 

Javier Vazquez, 34 years old

2008: 12-16 with 4.67 ERA; 33 starts; 208.1 IP, 61 BB, 200 K, 1.320 WHIP
2009: 15-10 with 2.87 ERA; 32 starts; 219.1 IP, 44 BB, 238 K, 1.026 WHIP
2010: 10-10 with 5.32 ERA; 31 games (26 starts); 157.1 IP, 65 BB, 121 K, 1.398 WHIP
Career: 152-149 with 4.26 ERA; 418 games (411 starts); 2647.1 IP, 713 BB, 2374 K, 1.254 WHIP 
Other notes: Stark contrast in results from 2009 to 2010; second-most innings pitched and second-highest strikeout total since 2000; could command just one-year deal; prefers to pitch on East Coast, as it is closer to family in Puerto Rico. 

Kevin Millwood, 35 years old

2008: 9-10 with 5.07 ERA; 29 starts; 168.2 IP, 49 BB, 125 K, 1.595 WHIP
2009: 13-10 with 3.67 ERA; 31 starts; 198.2 IP, 71 BB, 123 K, 1.339 WHIP 
2010: 4-16 with 5.10 ERA; 31 starts; 190.2 IP, 65 BB, 132 K, 1.510 WHIP
Career: 159-137 with 4.11 ERA; 414 games (406 starts); 2505 IP, 779 BB, 1940 K, 1.327 WHIP
Other notes: Led AL in losses in 2010; made $12 million last season; Type B free agent, though the Orioles are unlikely to offer Millwood arbitration; a move out of AL East could be beneficial.

Brandon Webb, 31 years old

2008: 22-7 with 3.30 ERA; 34 starts; 226.2 IP; 65 BB, 183 K, 1.196 WHIP
2009: 0-0 with 13.50 ERA; 1 start; 2 BB; 2 K; 2.00 WHIP
2010: Did not pitch
Career: 87-62 with 3.27 ERA; 199 games (198 starts); 1319.2 IP, 435 BB, 1065 K, 1.239 WHIP
Other notes: Hasn’t pitched since Opening Day 2009, when right shoulder injury shut him down; made three appearances during fall instructional league; would likely command incentive-laden deal.

Justin Duchscherer, 33 years old

2008: 10-8 with 2.54 ERA; 22 starts; 141.2 IP, 34 BB, 95 K, 0.995 WHIP
2009: Did not pitch
2010: 2-1 with 2.89 ERA; five starts; 28 IP, 12 BB, 18 K, 1.367 WHIP 
Career: 33-25 with 3.13 ERA; 224 games (32 starts); 454.2 IP, 121 BB, 347 K, 1.137 WHIP 
Other notes: Underwent season-ending hip surgery in June 2010; has had elbow surgically repaired and fought through clinical depression; could command only Minor League deal or minimal contract with incentives based on innings pitched. 

Jeff Francis, 29 years old

2008: 4-10 with 5.01 ERA; 24 starts; 143.2 IP, 49 BB, 94 K, 1.483 WHIP
2009: Did not pitch
2010: 4-6 with 5.00 ERA; 20 games (19 starts); 104.1 IP, 23 BB, 67 K, 1.361 WHIP
Career: 55-50 with 4.77 ERA; 150 games (149 starts); 882.2 IP, 287 BB, 603 K, 1.429 WHIP 
Other notes: Has previous relationship with Clint Hurdle; missed 2009 due to shoulder surgery; likely to sign incentive-laden deal, possibly for just one year. 

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Throwing out runners 101

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You can read all about John Russell’s thoughts on the team’s issues throwing out base runners in this story I wrote earlier, but I wanted to expand on a few additional items here

A few points of emphasis before we get into some stats:

  • The fact that the Pirates have thrown out just 12.8 percent of runners trying to steal (this doesn’t count stolen bases with no throws, double steals or caught stealing by pitchers) is a problem that lies with both the pitchers and catchers. Ryan Doumit has had his share of issues, but for the large part, the pitchers aren’t helping him out.
  • When it comes to Doumit, Russell pointed out two things he needs to improve upon. His footwork needs to be quicker/shorter and his throwing motion needs to be shortened.
  • On the pitching end, Russell said he likes what he’s seen from Jeff Karstens and Brad Lincoln both in terms of how they vary their deliveries and how long they hold the ball. He noted that Zach Duke and Paul Maholm struggle in that area, and that when they lift their leg on the delivery it gives runners even more time to take off.
  • The other thing worth noting again is that the Pirates have a program in place from the lowest Minor League level on up to teach pitchers how to better hold runners on. So the expectation is that these pitchers should be better prepared with differing deliveries and timing by the time they get here.

Anyways, this issue has become such a widespread problem this year that it has garnered a ton of scrutiny. But I was interested to see how all these pitchers had done in these same areas in recent years. Have the individual numbers really gotten that much worse? Here are the specifics, which will allow you to see which pitchers are getting taken advantage of the most and which have taken steps back:

Ross Ohlendorf

  • 2010: 13 SB, 1 CS (93% success rate for runner)
  • 2009: 12 SB, 8 CS (60%)

Zach Duke

  • 2010: 6 SB, 1 CS (86%)
  • 2009: 7 SB, 8 CS (47%)
  • 2008: 6 SB, 6 CS (50%)
  • 2007: 5 SB, 5 CS (50%)
  • 2006: 13 SB, 12 CS (52%)

Paul Maholm

  • 2010: 4 SB, 1 CS (80%)
  • 2009: 15 SB, 6 CS (71%)
  • 2008: 5 SB, 7 CS (42%)
  • 2007: 11 SB, 6 CS (65%)
  • 2006: 13 SB, 11 CS (54%)

Jeff Karstens

  • 2010: 3 SB, 3 CS (50%)
  • 2009: 9 SB, 2 CS (82%)

Brad Lincoln

  • 2010: 2 SB, 1 CS (66%)

Octavio Dotel

  • 2010: 4 SB, 1 CS (80%)
  • 2009: 14 SB, 5 CS (74%)
  • 2008: 16 SB, 1 CS (94%)
  • 2007: 2 SB, 0 CS (100%)
  • 2006: 1 SB, 0 CS (100%)

Evan Meek

  • 2010: 9 SB, 0 CS (100%)
  • 2009: 4 SB, 2 CS (66%)

Joel Hanrahan

  • 2010: 5 SB, 1 CS (83%)
  • 2009: 6 SB, 3 CS (66%)
  • 2008: 11 SB, 0 CS (100%)
  • 2007: 4 SB, 2 CS (66%)

Sean Gallagher

  • 2010: 1 SB, 1 CS (50%)
  • 2009: 2 SB, 1 CS (66%)
  • 2008: 5 SB, 4 CS (56%)
  • 2007: 4 SB, 4 CS (50%)

Brendan Donnelly

  • 2010: 6 SB, 0 CS (100%)
  • 2009: 2 SB, 0 CS (100%)
  • 2008: 1 SB, 1 CS (50%)
  • 2007: 2 SB, 0 CS (100%)
  • 2006: 1 SB, 0 CS (100%)

D.J. Carrasco

  • 2010: 7 SB, 3 CS (70%)
  • 2009: 1 SB, 3 CS (25%)
  • 2008: 3 SB, 2 CS (60%)

Javier Lopez

  • 2010: 1 SB, 1 CS (50%)
  • 2009: 1 SB, 0 CS (100%)
  • 2008: 1 SB, 3 CS (25%)
  • 2007: 0 SB, 1 CS (0%)
  • 2006: 2 SB, 0 CS (100%)

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Day 33: Red Sox @ Pirates

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As I’m sure you saw on Tuesday afternoon, lefty Zach Duke was named the Opening Day starter for the Pirates. Because the announcement came after Duke had left the ballpark, I spoke with him this morning about the honor.

“It is an honor,” he said. “But at the same time, I know there are two other guys that could have done it as well. It just so happens that I get the opportunity.”

There was plenty more from Duke about that Opening Day start, his previous one and about this season as a whole. Here’s the teaser, though. You’re going to have to wait until next week to read it. There will be all sorts of Opening Day content coming out on next week in advance of the start of the season, and a preview to Duke’s start will be part of it.

As for other items on this very chilly morning…

  • D.J. Carrasco is getting ready to pitch in back-to-back games for the first time this spring. And yes, he was excited about it when we spoke earlier. Carrasco pitched in a Triple-A game on Tuesday and will pitch in a regular Grapefruit League one today. He made the appearance in the Minors in order to keep his pitch count low in case he gets into any trouble today and needs to extend himself a bit.
  • Octavio Dotel will also take the mound on Wednesday in his anticipated Grapefruit League debut. In a camp with minimal news so far, Dotel’s side injury and return from it has been pretty notable. Everyone still seems to think he’ll be ready for Opening Day, so we’ll stick with that prediction for now.
  • Left-hander Javier Lopez is back with the team after flying home to be with his wife for the birth of their daughter.
  • For those still convinced that Bobby Crosby might start the season as the team’s everyday shortstop (and I know you people are out there), the fact that Ronny Cedeno and Aki Iwamura continue to be paired at second and short on the same day should tell you that the Pirates plan to stick with that pair. With Spring Training winding down, you want your double play combo to get comfortable together, and that’s what Cedeno and Iwamura are doing by playing together.
  • Joel Hanrahan and Wil Ledezma are pitching an inning in a Minor League game over at Pirate City. Neither have made a game appearance yet this spring because of injuries. 
  • Tomorrow’s pitching plan: Charlie Morton (6 innings/90 pitches), Brian Bass, Evan Meek

Pirates lineup:

  1. Aki Iwamura (2B)
  2. Ronny Cedeno (SS)
  3. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  4. Garrett Jones (RF)
  5. Bobby Crosby (1B)
  6. Ramon Vazquez (3B)
  7. John Raynor (CF)
  8. Jason Jaramillo (C)
  9. Paul Maholm (LHP)

Pitchers: Maholm (5-6 innings, 80 pitches), Carrasco, Brendan Donnelly, Lopez, Dotel

Red Sox lineup:

  1. Jacoby Ellsbury (LF)
  2. Mike Cameron (CF)
  3. Victor Martinez (C)
  4. Mike Lowell (1B)
  5. Jeremy Hermida (DH)
  6. Bill Hall (SS)
  7. Tug Hulett (2B)
  8. Josh Reddick (RF)
  9. Jorge Jimenez (3B)

Pitchers: Josh Beckett, Joe Nelson, Brian Shouse, Fernando Cabrera

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Day 30: Rays @ Pirates

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n15901182_36884191_8270.jpgSo if you’ve never called Columbia, Missouri, home, you’re never going to understand the joys of Shakespeare’s Pizza, Shake’s frozen custard and the quad. And you’re surely not going to understand how sweet a kU loss is to all of us proud Mizzou grads. I’ve already ordered my Northern Iowa t-shirt. It’ll join the collection (Bradley, Bucknell, etc.)

Learning to despise the jayhawks (I mean, chickenhawks) is essentially a part of your college experience. As a freshman you learn never to capitalize the ‘k’ in kU because it’s neither a proper place, nor a proper noun. And there’s just something about that rock chalk chant that makes you cringe.

But all is well in the rivalry that dates back to the Civil War (no joke). Mizzou is still alive in the tourney and kansas is thinking about another failed NCAA run. And I’ve never been so content to have my bracket ruined on the first weekend of the tournament.

Now if only the Tigers could knock off West Virginia later this afternoon. Then this weekend (despite today’s crummy rainy weather) would be perfect. Hey, it’s March — anything can happen, right?

OK, so I know you’re on here for baseball, so I’ll oblige in that department as well…

  • The much anticipated spring debut of Octavio Dotel will happen Sunday afternoon, as long as that aforementioned rain doesn’t get in the way. The rain has stopped for the time being, but it is supposed to pick up again mid-afternoon. Dotel is scheduled to throw one inning (likely the sixth).
  • Right-hander Joel Hanrahan and lefty Wil Ledezma threw live BP on Sunday morning. Hanrahan threw 26 pitches — all fastballs and sliders. Hanrahan is scheduled to throw in a Minor League game on Wednesday. Though Hanrahan could pitch in a Grapefruit League game, the Pirates will likely keep him pitching in the Minors so that they can back date him on the DL to start the season.
  • Ramon Vazquez (sore left shoulder/collarbone) took swings in the cage this morning and said he is fine. He is available to play on Sunday if needed.
  • Reliever Javier Lopez remains away from the team to be with his wife, who is about to give birth to the couple’s first child.
  • Monday may be a team off-day, but it won’t be for everyone. Kevin Hart will start a Minor League game over at Pirate City on Monday. He is scheduled to throw 60-65 pitches. I plan on attending, so I’ll be sure to bring you an assessment later tomorrow afternoon. Evan Meek (40 pitches) and Chris Jakubauskas (30-40 pitches) will also make appearances in that game.
  • Pirate City is hosting an intrasquad game today, with Zach Duke making the start. He’ll be followed by Brendan Donnelly, Jean Machi, Anthony Claggett and Steven Jackson. I’ll bring you the results of those outings later this afternoon.
  • For those of you not glued to basketball, don’t forget that today’s game will be televised on FSN Pittsburgh. You will get to see Daniel McCutchen make his first start in a Grapefruit League game, so it’s likely worth tuning in.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Aki Iwamura (2B)
  2. Ronny Cedeno (SS)
  3. Jeff Clement (1B)
  4. Garrett Jones (RF) 
  5. Ryan Doumit (C)
  6. Lastings Milledge (LF)
  7. Bobby Crosby (DH)
  8. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  9. John Raynor (CF)

Pitchers: McCutchen (4 innings, 65 pitches), Vinnie Chulk, Dotel, Brian Burres, Brian Bass, Jack Taschner

Rays lineup:

  1. Jason Bartlett (SS)
  2. Gabe Kapler (RF)
  3. Evan Longoria (3B)
  4. Carlos Pena (1B)
  5. Pat Burrell (LF)
  6. Sean Rodriguez (2B)
  7. Kelly Shoppach (C)
  8. Justin Ruggiano (CF)
  9. Ryan Shealy (DH)

Pitchers: Andy Sonnanstine

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Red Sox 3, Pirates 2

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You can read more on Paul Maholm’s start on the shortly, so we’ll leave him out of the post-game blog pitching rundown. Let’s break the rest of the day’s pitchers into three Spring Training-centric categories for the heck of it:

Helped his cause: Javier Lopez.

  • He breezed through his one inning of relief and has now made four scoreless appearances this spring. As the only lefty reliver on the 40-man roster, Lopez was already expected to be in the Opening Day bullpen before Spring Training began. At this point, that seems like a lock barring any unexpected step back.

Hurt his cause: Chris Jakubauskas.

  • Jakubauskas has had two strong relief appearances and two very rocky ones. On Saturday, he faced five hitters and was only able to get one of them out. The final total: three runs, three hits, one walk. The Pirates were eyeing Jakubauskas as a long-relief candidate, but his start-to-start inconsistency is probably room for concern. And there are other possible long relievers who have done better.

Somewhere in between: Jack Taschner. D.J. Carrasco. Anthony Claggett. Jeremy Powell.

  • Taschner escaped a precarious bases-loaded jam with the help of a key strikeout of Jacoby Ellsbury. It wasn’t an entirely pretty inning for Taschner, but he got the job done. Carrasco walked two, but still has not allowed a run this spring (six innings). Claggett helped end the inning that Jakubauskas started, though there was nothing spectacular that stood out about his performance. Powell got out of some trouble and pitched a scoreless eighth, but he is not expected to be in the mix for a bullpen spot out of camp.


Based on comments from GM Neal Huntington earlier this week, it’s hard to see Delwyn Young not making the team on the bench. But he’s taking no chances.

Young boosted his batting average this spring to .300 with a solo homer in the sixth. The home run was his team-leading second. Young doesn’t have a shot at earning a starting job at the beginning of the year, but his bat is certainly an asset off the bench.

“He’s swinging the bat really well,” manager John Russell said. “He did a nice job for us last year. He’s a dangerous hitter. Having him around, there’s a chance to really solidify our bench. The guy can really hit.”

And in case you missed Huntington’s recent comments about Young, here they are:

On playing second base: “It’s night and day compared to where he was in July when he first started playing the position and even in August. Significantly ahead of where he was. He’s very capable of filling in there if Aki [Iwamura] needs a day here or there.”

On his bat: “His right-handed swing looks better this year. He was very left-handed dominant last year. The right-handed swing looks better this year, which is an intriguing element that he brings. It’s fun to watch him take at-bats. It’s a great option to have off the bench. He’s still got to get to Opening Day and earn that, but he does some things that helps a manager win games.”

That last sentence sure does hint that Young would have to play his way off the team, even though the Pirates maintain he’s in competition.

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Orioles 3, Pirates 2

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Probably the most noteworthy item of the evening (in my humble opinion, at least) was Daniel McCutchen’s two-inning outing. He sure looked sharp, especially in comparing this appearance with his one last week. Now it will be interesting to see how Kevin Hart follows McCutchen’s showing on Thursday in his start.

I’m not going to go into much about McCutchen here, though, as you can read more about him — and the sudden resurrection of his slider — on the main site shortly.


Fellow starting pitcher Zach Duke had a weird first inning. Duke made Felix Pie and Cesar Izturis look bad as the lefty struck both out to start the game. All of a sudden, though, Duke lost his rhythm with his delivery and started speeding things up too much. The result? Six straight Orioles reached base (two walks, one triple, three singles). By the time Duke got the final out of the inning, he was trailing by three.

“My first two hitters I felt great,” Duke said afterward. “I was executing pitches really well. Then I just got a little fast. I was a little overexcited with how good I felt.”

After that, though, he sailed. He had a 1-2-3 second before his day ended after he issued a two-out walk in the third. Duke is still having some issues with his sinker — which is actually going too low — but there’s no reason for concern with more than three weeks left before the season starts. It’s a pitch that gets better with feel, and it’s still early.

“The more you throw it the better it gets,” Duke said. “I need a little more wear and tear on the arm.”

As for everything else?

“My stuff is good,” he said. “My breaking pitches are where they need to be and have good action on them. I was happy with the curveball tonight. I threw two good changeups.”


Quietly, the Pirates’ group of relievers are collectively having a pretty darn good spring. There have obviously been a few exceptions (most notably Virgil Vasquez and Brian Burres). But overall, the Pirates have what looks to be a fairly impressive bullpen competition shaping up.

Vinnie Chulk made a second straight scoreless appearance on Wednesday and has seven strikeouts in his last three innings. Javier Lopez hasn’t allowed a run in his three innings. Jack Taschner, D.J. Carrasco, Brian Bass and Justin Thomas have not given up a run this spring either.

“It make it interesting,” manager John Russell said of the strong relief performances. “They’re doing a good job. It gives us some interesting options to look at. These guys are doing a nice job.”

Though Brendan Donnelly isn’t competing for a bullpen spot (he’s already in), it’s worth noting that he has pitched two perfect innings this spring. Four of the six outs he has recorded have come via a strikeout.

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No specialist, no problem?

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In going through submissions for this week’s Inbox (coming on Wednesday), I had this question from Joseph S. in Bowling Green, Ohio:

Hi, Jenifer. The Pirates’ pitchers seem especially vulnerable when playing against lefty hitters. Paul Maholm and Ross Ohlendorf had OK stats, and Brendan Donnelly and Evan Meek (and Vinnie Chulk in limited action) had good recent results.  Without using the term “lefty specialist,” is management trying to obtain someone with moderate success against lefties? Or should the Jolly Roger be stowed in mothballs when lefties come to town?

I figured it would be easier to answer the question and explore the topic deeper here on the blog where I had more space than in the Inbox. So let’s take a stab at it.

The answer to the first of those two questions is easy. No, the Pirates are not actively seeking any other additions to for the bullpen. There’s still a chance for a Minor League signing before the start of the season, but management likes what it has.

The second question got me thinking and researching, though. GM Neal Huntington does talk a lot about finding relievers that can be effective in getting both right-handed and left-handed hitters out. The Pirates see this as much more of an asset than having someone that is a lefty specialist.

I made a chart below that shows how the Pirates’ pitchers fared against right-handed and left-handed hitters in 2009 and in their careers.  Above the break in the chart are your starting pitchers and the relievers that signed Major League deals with the Pirates. Below the break you’ll find a bunch of other pitcher competiting for bullpen spots.

Look specifically at the numbers for the five relievers that already have a spot in the ‘pen: Octavio Dotel, Brendan Donnelly, Joel Hanrahan, Evan Meek and Javier Lopez. Their numbers against left-handed hitters are pretty darn good, especially considering there is only one lefty in the bunch. In the batch of relievers competing for a spot on the team, you’ll find a handful of other pitchers with decent numbers against left-handed hitters as well.

Certainly, you are welcome to draw your own conclusions about all of this. But I wanted to lay it out there for you because, in my opinion, I don’t think the absence of a lefty specialist is really one of the biggest areas of concerns the Pirates have going into the season. Sure, it’ll be something to follow. But I don’t see this as being as big a storyline as some have made it out to be.


vs. RH


vs. LH


vs. RH(career)

vs. LH


Paul Maholm





Ross Ohlendorf





Zach Duke





Charlie Morton





Kevin Hart





Daniel McCutchen





Octavio Dotel





Brendan Donnelly





Joel Hanrahan





Evan Meek





Javier Lopez

.276 (Minors)

.196 (Minors)








Chris Jakubauskas





Brian Bass





Brian Burres

.296 (Minors)

.242 (Minors)



D.J. Carrasco





Vinnie Chulk





Anthony Claggett

.243 (Minors)




Steven Jackson





Jeff Karstens





Wilfredo Ledezma





Jack Taschner





Justin Thomas

.305 (Minors)




Virgil Vasquez






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Bucs, Dotel reach agreement

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The Pirates and Octavio Dotel have reached an agreement on a contract for 2010, a source confirmed to on Thursday. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which is reporting that the contract includes an option for 2011, first reported the agreement late on Wednesday night.

The two sides have been close to an agreement for a while, though now only a physical remains before Dotel, 36, is added to the club’s 40-man roster. An official announcement is expected before the end of the day on Thursday. The Pirates will have to clear a spot on the roster for Dotel and are known to be trying to make a minor trade in order to do so.

Dotel, who made $6 million last year with the White Sox, is expected to compete for the club’s currently vacant closer’s role. Right-handers Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek are also candidates for the job. Dotel has 83 saves in his 11-year career, though he hasn’t closed consistently since the first half of 2007.

The right-hander spent the last two seasons in Chicago, where he posted a 3.32 ERA in 62 1/3 innings in 2009. Dotel struck out 75 and walked 36 as he pitched predominately in the seventh and eighth innings.

Dotel’s signing most likely wraps up general manager Neal Huntington’s pursuit of relievers on the free agent market, though others might still be added under Minor League deals. In the last two months, the Pirates have signed free agent relievers Dotel, Javier Lopez and Brendan Donnelly in order to stabilize what had been a bullpen laced with question marks.

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Images from mini-camp

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So I am not in Bradenton, Fla., this week along with those participating in mini-camp, but here were some photos sent back to me courtesy of Marty Morrow. I figured these might be of interest. Mini-camp concludes on Saturday.


DSC_0043.jpgPitchers congregate on the field prior to Thursday’s session.

DSC_0411 (2).jpgRyan Doumit leads the other catchers in running drills.

J LOPEZ 1 14 10 225.jpgThat’s newly acquired lefty reliever Javier Lopez. 

MM 1 13 10 522 (2).jpgThis is a pretty cool bird’s eye view of one of the practice fields.

MM 1 13 10 223 (2).jpgA glimpse at one of the bullpen sessions.

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