Shopping the Bargain Bin at the Deadline: Vol. 1

Shopping the Bargain Bin at the Deadline: Vol. 1

By Andy Burdick

One of my favorite moves in all of baseball is when a team trades for a player while the other team is picking up a portion of that player’s salary.  Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington executed this deal perfectly when he traded for then New York Yankees starter A.J. Burnett and cash.  At the time, Burnett had $31.1 million remaining on his deal with the Yankees,…

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Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Target: Ian Kennedy

Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Target: Ian Kennedy

By Andy Burdick

The Hot Stove is heating up… to tepid at least.

As reported by Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates were scouting San Diego Padres starter Ian Kennedy during his last start.

#Pirates, #Royals among teams that scouted #Padres’ Kennedy last night. Pirates looking for SP and RP. Royals keeping all options open.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 19, 2014

Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports / July 4, 2014

Keep playing with fire,…

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Chris Bradley’s 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Awards

Chris Bradley’s 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Awards

I’ve been a Pirate fan for most of my life, although I have cheated on them with those lovable “idiot” Red Sox teams of the early to mid 2000s. Then again, this is mostly because I liked it when Yankee fans felt pain, and the Red Sox  doled out that pain, and no amount of “28 championships!!11!!!1!” retorts could ease an insecure Yankee fan’s pain. I still like the Red Sox, hell I like pretty…

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Andy Burdick’s 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Awards

Andy Burdick’s 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Awards

By Andy Burdick

The All-Star Break does not represent the exact mid-point of the baseball season, but it does provide a few days of relaxation in the marathon schedule of Major League Baseball.  Pittsburgh currently sits in fourth place in the National League Central and is 3.5 games behind the division leading Milwaukee and three games out of the Wild Card.

The purpose of this article is to…

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The Gregory Polanco Effect on Andrew McCutchen

The Gregory Polanco Effect on Andrew McCutchen

By Andy Burdick

On the July 11 podcast, Chris Bradley referenced Andrew McCutchen‘s numbers since Gregory Polanco‘s call up, and I think it is important to note the increase in production.  I do not have access to a database that can get detailed information like a Major League front office, but suffice it to say that a number three hitter who has a lead off hitter getting on base with a .374 OBP…

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Tri-State at the Plate Episode #55: Penny Pinching Pittsburgh Pirates

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #55: Penny Pinching Pittsburgh Pirates

On this week’s episode, Chris Bradley steps in to pinch hit for Jason and discusses the injuries that have been plaguing the National League Central teams other than the Pirates with Andy.  Andy then does his best to fill Jason’s shoes while he talks about the founding father of the Corey Kluber Society, Corey Kluber, Jason Kipnis’s weak start to the season, and Justin Masterson’s struggles.…

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Futures Game Features Erie SeaWolves Outfielder Steven Moya

Futures Game Features Erie SeaWolves Outfielder Steven Moya

By Andy Burdick

If you are an Erie SeaWolves fan, the 2014 Futures Game is going to be of interest to you!  Erie SeaWolves outfielder and Puerto Rican native Steven Moya has been selected to represent the world (The World?) in this year’s contest.

There is no questioning the power Moya brings to the plate every time he steps into the box.  Moya launched his 18th home run of the year Wednesday off…

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Tri-State at the Plate Episode #54: Regal Ruggiero Returns

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #54: Regal Ruggiero Returns

This week Andy and Jason discuss a scandal in Houston. Andy then discusses Pittsburgh’s improved offense, their bullpen at length, Gerrit Cole’s refusal to rehab and speculative trade targets. Jason then asks Andy, “What’s wrong with the following players?” as they dive into the performances this year of Nick Swisher, Justin Masterson and Jason Kipnis, followed by a brief update on Francisco…

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BUCN Trade Targets

By Christopher Bradley and Andy Burdick

We’re roughly five weeks away from the trade deadline and pundits across the blogosphere already have ruminated on possible trade targets for the Pirates. The Tri-State of Mind staff has done some ruminating of their own on recent podcasts as well. This article will dig deeper into the rumor mill and help provide a more in-depth analysis of some of the…

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Jason Grilli and Ernest Frieri Change Coasts

Jason Grilli and Ernest Frieri Change Coasts

By Andy Burdick

37 year old Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Jason Grilli was traded yesterday to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for 28 year old relief pitcher Ernesto Frieri in what has been describe by many (i.e. everyone) as a classic ‘change of scenery move’ for both players.

Once the beloved media darling and comeback expert extraordinaire, Grilli joined the Pirates after asking for his…

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Joe Tabata goes Unclaimed on Waivers…

Joe Tabata goes Unclaimed on Waivers…

By Chris Bradley

…And no one was surprised at the move or the fact that 29 other teams didn’t bite.  The Pirates placed Jose Tabata on outright waivers today in order to make room for Neil Walker as he returns from an appendectomy.

First let me detail you some of my greatest fears:

  1. Dying in a fire.
  2. Drowning.
  3. Spiders evolving to a point where they eat humans.
  4. An Appendectomy.

I have read many…

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Gregory Polanco Season Update: Vol. 2

Gregory Polanco Season Update: Vol. 2

By Andy Burdick

Gregory Polanco started his Major League career with about as much fanfare as any prospect in recent history and has done little to disappoint Pittsburgh Pirate fans through his first twelve games.

Year Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ 2014 22 12 61 55 11 19 1 0 1 6 1 0 6 8 .345 .410 .418 .828 135 Provided by Ba…

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Tri-State at the Plate Episode #53: BUCN TOOTBLAN and Other Acronyms

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #53: BUCN TOOTBLAN and Other Acronyms

In the deafening absence of podcast co-host Jason Ruggiero, Tri-State at the Plate is pleased to welcome its newest co-host, Chris Bradley.  Chris joins Andy Burdick this week to talk about the unfortunate passing of one of the greatest hitters of a generation, Tony Gwynn, as well as a Clayton Kershawno-hitter that may have been better than a perfect game.  The duo then discuss the Pirates…

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Wanted: Rolaids Relief Men in Pittsburgh

Wanted: Rolaids Relief Men in Pittsburgh

By Andy Burdick

Pittsburgh Pirates bullpen Shark Tank

The Pirates’ bullpen was a ferocious relief pitching machine last season.

Last season everything came up roses for the Pittsburgh Pirates as it pertained to their bullpen.  Justin Wilson hawked six victories in close games for the Buccos.  Jason Grilli had resurrected himself as one of the most exciting bullpen options in baseball.  Mark Melanconhad turned himself into a…

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@El_Coffee’s Strong Start

@El_Coffee’s Strong Start

By Andy Burdick

Pirate fans have been anxiously waiting the start of Gregory Polanco‘s Major League career and the new Bucco right fielder is doing nothing to slow down the hype-machine that started this off season.

Polanco quickly endeared himself to Pirates fans everywhere after his June 13 game in Miami in which he went 5 for 7 with a game winning home run that catapulted the Pirates to an 8 –…

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