Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call – The offseason gathers, and our watch begins

In our daily Wake-Up Call, we get you ready for the day with a complete look at all things Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pittsburgh Pirates fans — and baseball fans in general — have now entered the postseason. Last night, the Houston Astros won their first World Series title in franchise history. Old friend Charlie Morton continued his remarkable story by pitching four innings of one-run ball in Game Seven to seal the win.

As Jerry Seinfeld said in the classic Seinfeld episode “The Menage a’ Trois,” Oh it was a scene, man.

Veterans such as Morton, Carlos Beltran and Justin Verlander all captured their first ring. Some of the best young players in the game — Dallas Keuchel, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer just to name a few — got their first taste of success at an enviable point in their careers.

The series was a classic one, and proved that the national pastime is alive and well. Heck, game five even outdrew Sunday Night Football.

But now, as the days grow shorter and colder, baseball’s second season — the offseason — begins. In this writer’s opinion, MLB has the best offseason in all of sports. With the Winter Meetings serving as an unofficial halfway point of sorts between the end of the World Series and Spring Training, the diehard seamheads are never waiting long for significant baseball news and movement. Fans will now watch their twitter feeds to any morsel of information on their club.

It truly is a slow burn, baseball’s Hot Stove.

We’ve written before that the Pittsburgh Pirates fave their most pivotal offseason in recent memory. Sagging attendance and encroaching fan apathy has crept in, and the team is now uniquely positioned to restore some faith and regain some  trust from its fanbase.

Doing that should be the club’s top priority.

They are now free to do just that. Their watch begins today.

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Jason Rollison

Jason Rollison has been analyzing baseball and the Pirates in one way or another for 4+ years. Jason's previous stops include rumbunter.com, Pittsburgh Sporting News, Call To The Pen and several print publications. He also covers the State College Spikes for the Centre County Gazette (State College, PA) When it comes to analyzing baseball, he likes to take a middle-of-the-road approach, with one foot on the analytics side of the fence and the other on the old-school side. Having said that, he is a sucker for pitchf/x. Jason has appeared as a phone-in and in-studio guests in numerous outlets, including Trib Live Radio and 93.7 The Fan (CBS Sports Radio)
  • JAL 1234

    First oder of business for the Pirates is the decision on options. Pirates have 2 options to deal with–McCutchen is in the last year of of his contract with a $14.75 M option or a $1 M buyout. Pirates almost certain to pick up that option. –Chris Stewart has a $1.5 M option with a $250 thousand buyout. This is not expensive but with Diaz capable of backing up Cervelli they do not need Stewart. At 36 Stewart probably should retire and I would bet Pirates would give him a job in the organization if he wants to stay around the game.

    • JAL 1234

      Oops missed LeBlanc $1.25 option and $50 K buyout No clue what they will do with him

    • redrage97

      its a no brainer to pick up all the team’s options if they are continuing their careers

      Stewart and Wade are so cheap that even if they’re cut it isnt’ a make or break. Both could probably be traded just to clear salary with hardly any return.

      Cutch’s option picked up and extension offer should be on the table.

  • redrage97

    I’m going to keep saying it, Sign Lucroy! but no matter how much i say it it won’t happen 🙂