PLC has a new home

If you are viewing this post, please note that Pittsburgh Lumber Co. has moved. We are now located at http://pittsburghlumberco.com. Please update your bookmarks and/or links. If you are using an RSS feed to read us, you will have to update that as well.

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Site changes

I just wanted to let everyone know that Pittsburgh Lumber Co. will be moving to a new server at some point in the next few days. We will have a mostly redesigned layout, so expect to see some changes. I anticipate a fairly seamless transition, with little to no downtime. I could be wrong, though. If you do experience any problems accessing the site, please bear with us. We will get any bugs fixed up.

Thanks.

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Pirates agree to terms with Donnelly

The Pirates have agreed to terms with another reliever. This time it is Brendan Donnelly. Donnelly has been a very productive reliever over the past several years. He struggled in 2008 as he returned from Tommy John surgery, but rebounded nicely last year, posting a 1.78 ERA and a 2.82 FIP in 30 appearances with the Marlins. He also spent part of the year pitching with Houston’s Triple-A team and was equally effective. For his career, he has struck out just under a batter an inning with a manageable walk rate. His ground ball rate is below average, but he keeps the ball in the ballpark by inducing a large amount of infield pop-ups.

Not long ago, the Pirates were looking at a bullpen of Evan Meek, Joel Hanrahan and…Steven Jackson? In a very short amount of time, Neal Huntington has added several quality options.

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Dotel close to signing with Bucs

According to multiple reports, the Pirates are close to signing reliever Octavio Dotel. The contract is expected to be worth much less than the $6 million Dotel received last year. He would be a closer candidate, along with Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek.

The Pirates will need to remove a player from the 40-man roster before adding Dotel. It seems that could be delaying the signing at this point. The Pirates still have plenty of players that could come off the roster without the bat of an eye, which gives me the feeling that something else might be happening. Maybe Neal Huntington is working out a trade for one of the fringe bench players on the roster. I would not be surprised.

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Pirates come to terms with Carrasco on minor league deal

Dejan reports that the Pirates have reached an agreement with reliever D.J. Carrasco on a minor league contract. Carrasco has been solid the past two years, so he should have a good chance to make the team out of spring training. The 40-man roster is currently full.

This is a solid signing.  According to Dejan, the Pirates are also close to signing Octavio Dotel and another major league reliever. If all of that happens, the bullpen would suddenly look fairly strong.

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Just a taste

It doesn’t take much to get my baseball juices flowing.  The first photo of the year that involves infield dirt brings a smile to my face every time.

Photo courtesy of Dejan Kovacevic, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Pirates agree to terms with Ryan Church

It was reported this morning that the Pirates are talking to free agent Ryan Church, with one report stating that a deal is close. I wrote last week that the Pirates should explore internal options over signing a free agent. For some reason, I never considered Church while writing that post. Church has a very good corner outfield glove and a league average bat. He is essentially an average player when he is healthy.

Church would be an upgrade over anyone the Pirates have to play right field at this point. If signed, he should push Garrett Jones to first base and Jeff Clement to the bench, a role he is best suited for. That would provide a marginal improvement to the Pirates lineup. Church is a much more interesting option to me than Rick Ankiel or Xavier Nady.

UPDATE (7:45 PM):
Dejan reports that the Pirates have agreed to terms with Church. His signing will depend on the results of a physical later in the week. Due to his past injury issues, that physical will be significant.

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