The Josh Harrison Contract Extension

By Andy Burdick

The Pittsburgh Pirates extended infielder Josh Harrison April 8, 2015 with a new four year deal, buying out his two remaining arbitration years as well as potentially three free agent years.  Harrison will earn $2.8 million this season, which will be considered the first year of the deal, and then $5 million in 2016, $7.5 million in 2017, and $10 million in 2018.  2019 is a club option worth $10.5 million with a $1 million buyout, and 2020 is a club option worth $11.5 million with a $500,000 buyout. Continue reading

Pittsburgh Pirates 2015 Opening Day Lineup Steamer Projections

By Andy Burdick

The Opening Day lineup for the 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates features a lot of familiar faces.

Player Position
Harrison, Josh 5
Polanco, Gregory 9
McCutchen, Andrew 8
Walker, Neil 4
Marte, Starling 7
Alvarez, Pedro 3
Cervelli, Francisco 2
Mercer, Jordy 6
Liriano, Francisco 1

In 2014, the Pirates opened the season against the Chicago Cubs with Travis Snider in right field, Russell Martin behind home plate, and playoff hero Travis Ishikawa at first base.  In 2015, Pedro Alvarez has switched corners, Josh Harrison now mans third base, and Gregory Polanco is opening the season in right field.  For a Major League Baseball team, there wasn’t a whole lot of turnover from last season, considering Harrison was already on the roster and Polanco was an internal replacement. Continue reading

TSM Baseball 2015 Preseason Award Predictions: Staff Edition

By TSM Staff

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Take a look at our staff predictions!

While we may not be professional scouts or analysts here at Tri-State of Mind Baseball, the staff does watch quite a bit of Major League Baseball’s product. This is most evident during our annual preseason predictions, where our staff’s inevitable biases are exposed, but so is our knowledge of baseball as a whole.

While everyone’s predictions have whiffs, there were also some very fortuitous picks in last year’s article as well. Andy Burdick had Jose Abreu pegged as his AL Rookie of the Year, Jason Ruggiero was off by two wins for both Pittsburgh and Cleveland, and Chris Bradley nailed Cleveland’s record on the nose.

This year, we look forward to letting our Bias Flags fly high as we take a look at the season-to-come in 2015 at Tri-State of Mind Baseball! Continue reading

Tri-State at the Plate Episode #67: Rob Manfred Makes the Tough Decisions

Opening Day is almost here and we have a jam-packed episode for everyone today! While everyone eagerly awaits for Sunday night, Rob Manfred is fretting in his office about just how fans will be able to watch baseball this year, which is right where Andy and Jason start off their discussion: ending blackouts for in-market teams.  After that, Andy hits the talking points for the Pirates with recent injury news, the trading for Hunter Morris, Pedro Alvarez‘s success at first base and Jung-ho Kang’s struggles at the plate.  He also talks about the fifth starter battle ending, with Jeff Locke victorious, keys to the Pirates success in 2015, and finishes up with a Minor League rundown of the Pirates organization.  Jason then talks about the injury news for the Tribe, Danny Salazar‘s assignment to the minors, Zach McAllister‘s assignment in the rotation, and Roberto’s Perez’s contributions to the 2015 Tribe.  Andy and then Jason talk about the awesome fan experiences you should be having at Progressive Field (which we still refer to as ‘The Jake’). The duo finishes up the podcast with a SeaWolves Shout Out, highlighting some Wovles news and former Erie SeaWolf, now Detroit catcher, James McCann.