#FTFTrivia Answer 11/29/12

Tonight we asked…

and the answer to tonight’s #FTFTrivia is…

Eight catchers

Those eight catchers were Michael McKenry, Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, Dusty Brown, Jason Jaramillo, Eric Fryer, Matt Pagnozzi, and Wyatt Toregas. This is significant because the Pirates have just reached an agreement with catcher Russell Martin.

Congratulations to tonight’s winners: @freezoid400, @mjportash, @BMVenslosky, @_DrewBrown, @Irate_Fan7, @TSchusyy, @bmur13, @NuttingHostage, and @s7pinney.

Thanks to all who participated, and tune in next time for another edition of #FTFTrivia.

Go Bucs

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Checking in on some former Buccos

Here’s a look at how some ex-Pirates are faring this season:

Nate McLouth was recently called up by the Baltimore Orioles. He tore it up for their Triple-A club, the Norfolk Tides, and earned a spot on their big league roster. Nate has hit .250 with four doubles and a triple in 14 games for the O’s

Brad Lincoln has an ERA of 6.55 in eight games for the Toronto Blue Jays. He’s been tagged for eight runs in his last four outings.

Adam LaRoche has enjoyed a solid season for the first place Washington Nationals. In 114 games, he has 23 HR and 77 RBI while hitting .260.

Sean Burnett is also contributing big time in the nation’s capital. The lefty reliever has a 1.94 ERA in 55 appearances for the Nats.

– In 54 games for the Mets, Ronny Cedeno is hitting .287 with 3 homers and 21 runs batted in. He missed time due to injury in April (left intercostal strain) and May (strained left calf).

– In his first season with the Minnesota Twins, Ryan Doumit has hit a solid .292 with 14 long balls. The injury-prone catcher has played in 101 of Minnesota’s 120 games, and has only been bothered by a right calf strain this season. He inked a two-year extension with the Twins in June.

Steve Pearce has landed in Houston after playing 28 games for the Orioles. He’s hit .283 in 16 games for the Astros.

Chris Snyder is also with the lowly Astros. Snyder is hitting an abysmal .181 this season.

Xavier Paul has been clutch for the enemy Cincinnati Reds as of late. He sparked a walk-off win on Sunday by hitting a leadoff pinch-hit triple. Paul has managed a .342 batting average in 38 at-bats for the Redlegs.

Offseason Thus Far

To date, the offseason produced by the Pirates front office has featured a variety of moves. The rumor mill started up when it was announced that the team decided to decline the options of Ryan Doumit, Chris Snyder, Ronny Cedeno, and Paul Maholm. It was somewhat surprising to see them let go both catchers, even though they both possessed costly options. These moves left holes at catcher, shortstop, and a spot in the rotation.To fill the void at catcher, the Pirates picked up veteran Rod Barajas on November 10th for 1yr/4mil. Barajas should provide solid defense and steady offense, even though his career is on the decline. He will be the starter with light-hitting Mike McKenry backing him up.

Next, the Buccos acquired Clint Barmes for 2 yrs/10.5mil. Some considered this to be a very generous contract for the slick fielding shortstop, but I will take it as long as he stays healthy and makes consistent contributions both offensively and defensively.

Heading into the Winter Meetings in Dallas, it was said that the Pirates were not expected to make any splashes but they could lay potential groundwork for future deals. However, they reached out to former Bucco Nate McLouth by offering him a 1yr/1.75mil deal. Nate will most likely be the fourth outfielder, replacing Xavier Paul, who was released in late November. The same day, the Pirates acquired LHP Erik Bedard. Although he has a heavy injury history, Bedard could be a potential “ace” of the rotation if he can stay off the disabled list. Also, the price was right at $4.5 mil for 1 year.

As the deadline to tender players approached, the Buccos were left with a few important decisions. Ultimately, they decided to tender all players (Joel Hanrahan, Garrett Jones, Jeff Karstens, Evan Meek, Charlie Morton, and Chris Resop) except for Jose Veras, who they dealt to Milwaukee for Casey McGehee. Despite a rough season in 2011, McGehee is a solid backup plan in case Pedro Alvarez flounders again. He could also see time at first base if need be.

The Pirates have also made a plethora of other minor moves, such as signing Jake Fox and Nick Evans, acquiring Yamaico Navarro via trade, and selecting Gustavo Nunez in the Rule 5 draft. We will see where these players turn out in the organization, as only time will tell. Spring training is just a few months away.

Go Bucs