Saturday, December 29, 2012

Potential Pirate Free Agent Targets?

Casey Kotchman 1b – has up and down seasons Should be relatively cheap

Ryan Therot 2nd/SS - An upgrade to SS from the plate but his fielding is not the best.

Adam Kennedy – IF – It's nice to have players that can play most of the infield positions. Had a decent average and should be cheap.

Yuniesky Betancourt – SS/2nd – another upgrade in the line up at short and should be cheaper.

Some of the biggest needs for the Pirates are extending Garret Jones and getting a first baseman or right fielder. Nothing against Sanchez or Snyder but from what little i've seen they are not the players to do that. I've been wrong before though.

Getting a better bat at the short stop position. Barmes is pretty good in the field but at the plate he has had problems. So the question is do you hope a new hitting coach will help or do you go buy and upgrade?

Bullpen help is also needed of course.  Many of the options are priced too high for Pittsburgh.  Other than some minor signings and those pulled in from The Hammer trade, I don't see any major moves.

My guess is for the most part they stand pat with the rest of the position players unless they deal Jones.  Hopefully Snyder/Sanchez/Marte/Barmes improve some and Alvarez doesn't get any worse


Saturday, December 22, 2012

Pirates offseason moves and next year?

Well the end of the world came and went, we are still here.  A global meltdown did not put us Pirate fans out of our misery.

So far this off season we lost a few players but gained some too.  With what the Pirates have now here is what I expect to see at the start of the 2013 season

1B Jones/Sanchez
2B Walker
SS Barmes
3B Alverez
C Martin
LF Marte
CF Cutch
RF Jones/Snyder

Utility IF: Harrison
Utility OF: Presley
Backup Catcher: McKenry

Starting Pitchers:
Burnett
McDonald
Rodriguez
Liriano
Loche/McPherson

In the Pen
Hughes
Lincoln

Closer
Grilli


This assumes no more moves, but we know Jones is on the block and no minor leaguers shine in spring training.

Marte proved he can do no worse than the other options did last year.  Will Martin fit with the pitching staff?  Will some of the pitching prospects play in the majors?  Will Sanchez and/or Snyder pick up their play?  Will Jay Bell as hitting coach change anything?

There are a lot of 'IFs' but just some minor improvements from 2012 could have the Pirates at .500 in 2013

Thursday, December 20, 2012

been awhile, been distracted...

Been semi-busy dealing with family stuff actually forgot I had this domain!  Oh yeah The Old Republic sucked me back in too.

Finally figured out how to make money on Youtube, Kinda small .. no really small amounts right now but I see the potential to be something fairly nice.  Looks like I'm averaging about 60 cents a day right now with just a little bit of work.  I wrote a small guide on how to get started... maybe i'll try to sell it for cheap too.

Lets see what else is new.  Oh new computer is a freaking beast.  Got a 1440p monitor for it and after some hiccups it is also pretty bad ass.

Our Baby is due any here in January so any day now, knowing my luck it won't matter after this week.

Slowly getting the old house cleaned out.  Still got boxes and boxes of stuff to get rid of and get our stuff put away... somewhere.

Obamacare is still complete bull crap.  Horrible planning and timing in general.  Who ever came up with this should be fired.  Taxing people for not buying something they couldn't afford to begin with?  LOL.  oh well it appears I'm exempt so I'm not worried about it too much

Finally got a new car,  Cadillac SRX.  Thing is a beast...  I didn't like leather seats but you put in the seat warmers and i'll love it all day.  It does have some blind spots and I still haven't figured out the voice activation stuff.

Saw the Hobbit in 3d twice this week.  Pretty good though i'm upset it is a 3 parter.  Hopefully they bang the movies right out.  Next year it looks like i'll be seeing alot of movies.  Man of Steel, Star Trek, Iron Man, World War Z.... going to be a good movie year.

Blu-Ray sucks... well no.. its cool but so damn expensive for the 3d Blu-Rays.  I want the Marvel collection but geeezzzz

Okay that is all i can think of right now.