Tri-State at the Plate Episode #93: Tri-State 2016 Trade Deadline Spectacular, Pt. 2

In a continuation of the trade deadline that was, Andy, Bob, and Jason dig into the four moves by the Pittsburgh Pirates this trade deadline: 1). The trading of relief pitcher Mark Melancon to the Washington Nationals 2). The trading of Jon Niese back to the New York Mets for reliever Antonio Bastardo 3). The trading of two players to be named later for the services of Yankees’ starter Ivan Nova for two months and 4). The confusing trade of Francisco Liriano and his $17 million contract, outfield prospect Harold Ramirez, and catching prospect Reese McGuire to the Blue Jay for starter Drew Hutchison. It’s a trippy episode that elicits some raw emotions from Andy’s childhood, back when the Pirates were mired in the midst of a twenty year losing streak.

This is an episode you won’t want to miss.

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #89: Two Testicular Contusions

Andy and Bob return as a newly minted father and uncle respectively! The pair discuss what it’s like to be a new uncle and father right before discussing Alex Rodriguez’s veiled threat promise, “You haven’t heard the last of me.” The two then discuss all things Cleveland, specifically: injury updates as they pertain to two testicular contusions on the team, the Indians’ undefeated June at home, their record against division rival Detroit, Trevor Bauer’s emergence, Cleveland’s attendance woes and what it means for fanship, and finally, some players’ performances down on the farm. Andy then attempts to tackle talking about the Pirates woeful June, Chad Kuhl puns, Pirates pitching changes, and then broaches a very sensitive subject: Andrew McCutchen’s struggles and the trade rumors swirling around him. The duo then finish by teasing Tri-State of Mind’s very first book club book, ‘The Arm’ by Jeff Passan.

Tri-State at the Plate #70: The 2015 Trade Deadline That Was

The 2015 trade deadline has come and gone so you get an hour and twenty minutes of podcast goodness today, but before Jason and Andy discuss things with the Tribe, they first discuss an appropriate age to bring your child to a baseball game. Once they finish with that discussion at the 12:45 mark, they then dive into the Cleveland Indians. Jason gives his thoughts on the Brandon Moss trade, the Carlos Carassco trade that never was, Jason Kipnis and leadership in the Indians’ clubhouse, and Andy waxes poetic about Francisco Lindor‘s recent production at the plate.  Then around the 44:00 minute mark, Andy and Chris Bradley dig into the Pirates’ trade deadline: they first hit on the Aramis Ramirez homecoming, Joe Blanton and the least sexy trade ever and the rest of the Pirates trades before finishing up talking about A.J. Burnett‘s elbow (or what’s left of it) and Jung Ho Kang’s hot streak the last month. Andy then finishes with a quick SeaWolves shout out and talks about going to meet former Pirates manager Jim Leyland this week!

Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Deadline Target: Tyson Ross 2.0

By Andy Burdick

Armchair General Manager

“Heavy is the head that wears the crown.”

The trade deadline is quickly approaching on Friday, July 31, and everyone’s favorite hobby of armchair GM-ing is in full swing.  We’re no different here at TSM Baseball. What Pirates’ fan wouldn’t want to spend a day nearing the trade deadline in Neal Huntington’s shiny, patent leather shoes? While those shoes are probably never comfortable and leave you feeling more paranoid about your professional standing than a ‘Game of Thrones’ character, when there are no stakes to be had as an internet writer, the exercise becomes a lot more fun!

In this article I will have a seat in the hypothetical general manager’s chair and target Tyson Ross, a player that I have become obsessed with over the last three years.  I will also look at some of the pieces that I might be willing to part with that will send the Yinzer fans in Pittsburgh into a blind rage as they line up and down Federal Street, throwing IC Light cans and yelling expletives in protest.

Full Disclosure: My sexy trade deadline move for the Pirates that would have surely melted the internet would have been a move in which the Pirates traded super-prospect Tyler Glasnow in a package deal to the Rockies for short stop Troy Tulowitzki. I had been working out the players in my head that might fit on both sides, but with the recent trade of Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays, this exercise is now over.

Rest easy, internet.

Full Disclosure 2: While I mostly agree with the general fan sentiment that Josh Bell and Tyler Glasnow are untouchable, no players are totally untouchable for the right price. While Ross isn’t that piece, there are players out there that would be worth dealing either of those two for. Continue reading

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #61: Brandon Moss or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Trade Rumors

On this week’s podcast, Andy comes up with his favorite title yet before he and Jason open with a discussion of the Supreme Leader of the Atlanta Braves, John Hart, and his plan for the franchise.  Jason then aggressively dissects the trade rumors swirling around Cleveland, particularly as they pertain to Oakland Athletics outfielder Brandon Moss, but also throws some other interesting names out there that have been circulating the Twitter-verse.  He talks plenty of prospect value and which of the batch of Cleveland Indian middle infielders he would feel comfortable departing with.  Andy then discusses his complex feelings towards Russell Martin signing with the Blue Jays, the catching conundrum in Pittsburgh, the Pirates’ first base situation going forward, and pours one out for his homie, Clint Barmes.  The duo conclude the podcast by answering some Tweetmails about free agents from their good friend Dan in Buffalo.

The Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Deadline Aftermath

By Andy Burdick

Pirates fans at 4:00 yesterday.

Pirates fans at 4:00 yesterday.

The 2014 trade deadline was one of the more exciting ones in recent memory.  In fact, this trade season had plenty of high-profile activity, starting with the Cubs trading starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A’s for a package featuring their top short stop prospect Addison Russell.

The Pirates, while rumored to be in on some of the bigger name trade chips like Jon Lester and David Price, never pushed all of their chips to the center of the table.  In fact, they flat-out folded at the deadline. Continue reading

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #56: 2014 Trade Deadline Edition

This week Andy and Jason team-up for a special Trade Deadline Edition of Tri-State at the Plate. The guys start things off by talking about the Indians decision to trade Justin Masterson, before moving on to all the juicy rumors that are swirling, including the Pirates reported interest in Red Sox ace Jon Lester.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Target: Jon Lester

By Andy Burdick

The trade deadline is tomorrow and the Hot Stove is currently set to ‘NUCLEAR’ in Pittsburgh.  The Pirates are currently one game back of Milwaukee in the National League Central and tied with Atlanta for the lead in the Wild Card race.

The rumor mill kicked into fourth gear when news on Twitter broke that the Pirates may be in on Red Sox starter Jon Lester.

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Trade Probabilities and the Cleveland Indians

By Jason Ruggiero (Remember me? I used to post here all the time)

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If you are interested enough to read this I’m sure you know that MLB’s non-waiver trade deadline is fast approaching this Thursday (July 31) at 4 pm EST. There are of course piles of bogus rumors circulating right now and as usual the Indians are not included in too many of those rumors as they tend to keep a pretty tight lid on their actions. When scanning the various rumor sites the best advice regarding the Indians is if you are reading about it, it usually isn’t true.

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