John Russell gets his contract extended through 2010. Don't read too much into it, though, it's mostly to keep him from being a lame duck tis year, I think.
It's that time of year; I answered some questions about the Pirates for the Cardinals' blog C70 At the Bat.
Looks like Andy LaRoche is coming along OK with his back spasms. With the PECOTA and Hardball Times projections being recently released, I'll be updating the Andy LaRoche projection extravaganza pretty soon.
EDIT: Forgot to post a link to We Should Be GMs' Pirate Preview. Always interesting to see how fans of other teams look at the Buccos.