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Pirates tossing around idea of using an “opener” in 2018

By: pbdstaff | December 13, 2018 Mike Nicastro is the author of this article. With Tuesday’s trade of Ivan Nova to the Chicago White Sox, the Pirates have four clear-cut rotation pieces in place in Jameson Taillon, Chris Archer, Trevor Williams and Joe Musgrove – assuming that all will be healthy when the first bit of chalk lines the field in 2019. Conventional baseball wisdom says that is one short of a standard rotation. But what if it wasn’t? According to Neal Huntington and The Athletic Pirates beat writer Rob Biertempel, the Pirates could entertain the idea of having...

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Trade Cervelli? Catching depth isn't there for Pirates to move standout catcher

By: pbdstaff | December 13, 2018 Anthony Scherer is the author of this article. The rumors started coming in November that the Pirates could be looking to move catcher Francisco Cervelli this offseason. Cervelli, just like outfielder Corey Dickerson, is entering the final year of his deal with the Pirates. With the Pirates being known for moving guys with one year of control left the winter before that final season, one of those two – or both – could join the same list that includes Neil Walker and Andrew McCutchen. There is a difference with Cervelli than there is...

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Pirates need a plan at shortstop after Jordy Mercer heads to Motor City

By: pbdstaff | December 13, 2018 Ian Hanford is the author of this article. Jordy Mercer’s seven-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates came to a close Wednesday after MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported Mercer agreed to a deal with the Detroit Tigers. Jon Heyman of Fancred later added Mercer’s new deal is for one year, $5.25 million. Despite never producing like a star, Mercer became a fan favorite in the Steel City due to his consistent play on both sides of the ball and leadership in the locker room. Losing Mercer’s production wouldn’t normally be a big deal, but...

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A holiday wish list for the Pittsburgh Pirates

By: pbdstaff | December 5, 2018 Mike Nicastro is a born and bread Pittsburgher who spends 95 percent of his summer at PNC Park cheering on the Buccos and Jalapeno Hannah (his favorite Pierogi). He is a 2013 IUP graduate and currently works as a sports broadcaster in the Greater Pittsburgh area. His favorite Pirates moment (next to the CUETO game) is Rob Mackowiak’s insane double-header in May of 2004 in which he clubbed a walk-off grand slam in the first game and a game tying 2-run dinger in the second. “Mack-Wack Tally Wack give a dog a bone!”...

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Francisco Cervelli trade rumors send mixed message about Pirates’ goal in 2019

By: pbdstaff | December 4, 2018 Another new writer! Ian Hanford graduated from IUP with a degree in journalism and currently lives in Carlisle, PA with his wife and two daughters. A lifelong Pirates fan, Ian likes to loudly chant CUETOOOO to his family at random as tribute to his favorite memory while wearing his Jermaine Allensworth jersey. Pirates GM Neal Huntington did what many Pittsburgh fans wanted him to do last season: he pushed the chips in and went for it. While last season didn’t result in a NL playoff berth, acquiring Chris Archer and Keone Kela accelerated the...

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Could the Pirates realistically move Corey Dickerson at the Winter Meetings?

By: pbdstaff | December 4, 2018 Welcome a new writer to Pirates Breakdown – Anthony Scherer! Here is his first piece. He grew up in Pittsburgh, when the Pirates were good and Barry Bonds was skinny. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania with degrees in journalism and communications media, and Cape Girardeau, MO, where he works at Southeast Missouri State University, producing live sports productions for ESPN+. His favorite Pirates moment hasn’t happened yet, but it will when the Pirates win a World Series title in his liftetime. The Winter Meetings are coming and one player that I...

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