-P- Jeff Sackmann has a Pirates preview up at Beyond the Box Score.
-P- The Hardball Times isn't too psyched about Neil Walker:
I can excuse his uninspiring power production because of the wrist injury, but Walker remains a free swinger who projects as a low-OBP player with questionable receiving skills. I'm not as optimistic about his future value to a big league club as most people, but it will be nice to see what he can do over a full season.
If you needed any more perspective on how bad the Pirates' farm system is, this ranking provides it - Walker is certainly one of the Pirates' top three prospects right now, and yet there are a dozen catchers in front of him on this list.
Thanks to Bucdaddy for the link.
-P- Season ticket sales have increased markedly since the Adam LaRoche trade.
-P- Sammy Sosa has finally signed a minor league deal with the Rangers.
-P- Barry Bonds, meanwhile, has finalized his one-year, $15.8 million deal with the Giants.