Pittsburgh Pirates Hot Stove News & Notes

There hasn’t been much to write about since the Winter Meetings, but here are some Bucco notes…

- UPDATE: Ryan Reid and Jerry Sands – designated for assignment with the additions of Edinson Volquez and Clint Barmes last week – have been claimed on waivers today. The Mets picked up Reid, while the Rays added Sands.

- The Dominican Winter League’s regular season has come to a close. Bucs’ top hitting prospect Gregory Polanco finished with a line of .331/.428/.494 for the league’s best team, making him a candidate for Most Valuable Player (EDIT: he’s won the MVP and Rookie of the Year awards). He had the highest OPS in the league and came in second place for the batting title. Former big leaguer Moises Alou had some high remarks for Polanco:

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- Starling Marte joined Polanco on the Escogido team last week. Marte, who was hit by 24 pitches last season, was plunked twice in his first two Dominican League games. The second one forced him to exit the contest early, but fortunately x-rays were negative.

Marte ducks out of the way of a pitch on August 7th.

- With the Pirates searching for a first baseman, Ike Davis of the Mets is a possible option. John Perrotto reported last week that the Mets wanted a big arm like Nick Kingham; Tim Williams writes why that trade wouldn’t be worth it.

- Only five center fielders in MLB history have posted .300/.400/.500 lines in both their age-25 and age-26 seasons: Ty Cobb, Tris Speaker, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, and Andrew McCutchen.

- Manager Clint Hurdle is the 2013 Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year. Cutch won the award last year.

14 weeks until Opening Day

Go Bucs

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  1. Josh on December 23, 2013

    Polanco really is an amazing player. Being able to watch him play everyday in the DWL was fun, and I look forward to seeing him continue his success in the playoffs. He should be ready whenever the Pirates give him the call in 2014.

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