Tuesday, March 18, 2008

'08 RAPs: Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates have been the second most pathetic team in baseball over the last 20 years (Also the second most pathetic in Pennsylvania). Ever since losing Barry Lamar Bonds to free agency, this franchise has been unable to rebound. That is why it puzzles me to see the Pirates do so little in the off-season year, after year, after year... and once again this year.
Here are the Pirates' moves this off-season:
-Acquired pitchers Marino Salas and Kevin Roberts from the Milwaukee Brewers for pitcher Salomon Torres.
-Signed pitchers Jaret Wright, Hector Carrasco, Casey Fossum, Elmer Dessens, Adam Bernero, and T.J. Beam, catcher Raul Cavez, utility man Jose Macias, and first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz to minor league contracts.
-Claimed shortstop Ray Olmedo off waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays.

Pitching Staff:
SP1: Ian Snell
SP2: Tom Gorzelanny
SP3: Paul Moholm
SP4/5: Zach Duke/Matt Morris
CL: Matt Capps
SUM: Damaso Marte

C: Ronny Paulino
1B: Adam LaRoche
2B: Freddy Sanchez
SS: Jack Wilson
3B: Jose Batista
LF: Jason Bay
CF: Nate McLouth/Chris Duffy
RF: Xavier Nady

Easiest- The Pirates will finish last, once again.
Boldest- Ian Snell will have over 200 strikeouts.
Team MVP/Best Season/Breakout Player- Ian Snell (14-16 wins, sub-4 ERA, +200 Ks)
Best Hitter- Jason Bay (30-35 HRs, 80-95 RBI)

*P.S.: The reason there was no '08 RAP yesterday was because I was out all night. However, I will be able to do two posts on Thursday and Friday.*

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