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.

Scouting the Mahoning Valley Scrappers – July 29th 2014

Scouting the Mahoning Valley Scrappers – July 29th 2014

By Bob Finkbeiner

Mahoning-Valley-Scrappers-LogoOne of the best times of my life consists of attending baseball games.  Just like the main writers at Tri-State of Mind Baseball, I love to attend minor league baseball games.  I had a chance to travel to Niles, Ohio, and get a first-hand look at some of the Cleveland Indians young talent.

Let’s check out my notes and observations from yesterday’s game.

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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)


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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Shopping the Bargain Bin at the Deadline: Vol. 1

By Andy Burdick

One of my favorite moves in all of baseball is when a team trades for a player while the other team is picking up a portion of that player’s salary.  Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington executed this deal perfectly when he traded for then New York Yankees starter A.J. Burnett and cash.  At the time, Burnett had $31.1 million remaining on his deal with the Yankees, of which Pittsburgh had to pick up $13 million.  That deal has been one of the best during Huntington’s tenure in Pittsburgh, not only for the talent acquired, but because it was acquired with the Yankees picking up most of the tab for two seasons. Continue reading

Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Target: Ian Kennedy

By Andy Burdick

The Hot Stove is heating up… to tepid at least.

As reported by Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates were scouting San Diego Padres starter Ian Kennedy during his last start.

Charles LeClaire, USA Today Sports / July 4, 2014

Keep playing with fire, Pittsburgh.

While this may not be the sexy David Price trade everyone continues to hope for, it could be a significant addition to a Pittsburgh roster that is in the hunt for its second consecutive playoff spot.  As the old adage says, you can never have too much pitching; with Gerrit Cole‘s sore lat and Liriano’s control issues, Kennedy could help shore up a rotation that has relied on significant starting contributions from Vance Worley.

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Chris Bradley’s 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Awards

By Chris Bradley

I’ve been a Pirate fan for most of my life, although I have cheated on them with those lovable “idiot” Red Sox teams of the early to mid 2000s. Then again, this is mostly because I liked it when Yankee fans felt pain, and the Red Sox  doled out that pain, and no amount of “28 championships!!11!!!1!” retorts could ease an insecure Yankee fan’s pain. I still like the Red Sox, hell I like pretty much every baseball team that isn’t the Yankees, Braves, Cardinals, or Reds.

Most of the Pirate teams from that era are forgettable, and for good reason. There were no players to love, like Cutch, no Ray Searage voodoo magic, like Locke and Volquez, no hometown hero, like Neil Walker, and no true phenom, like Gregory Polanco. Now that the Huntington regime has put together a solid core of young players that Pirate fans can watch for a years to come, we here at Tri-State of Mind can hand out Mid-Season Awards without irony or the pall of waiting for next year. So, here are my picks for Mid-Season 2014:

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Andy Burdick’s 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates Mid-Season Awards

By Andy Burdick

The All-Star Break does not represent the exact mid-point of the baseball season, but it does provide a few days of relaxation in the marathon schedule of Major League Baseball.  Pittsburgh currently sits in fourth place in the National League Central and is 3.5 games behind the division leading Milwaukee and three games out of the Wild Card.

The purpose of this article is to examine some of the first half performances of 2014 that have helped to get the Pirates to this point in the season. Continue reading

The Gregory Polanco Effect on Andrew McCutchen

By Andy Burdick

On the July 11 podcast, Chris Bradley referenced Andrew McCutchen‘s numbers since Gregory Polanco‘s call up, and I think it is important to note the increase in production.  I do not have access to a database that can get detailed information like a Major League front office, but suffice it to say that a number three hitter who has a lead off hitter getting on base with a .374 OBP is probably going to see an increase in offensive production. Continue reading