Not much to talk about from day two of the Winter Meetings, but a few notes have come out today. For the most part, it’s non-news for the Pirates:
Bobby Crosby, Justin Duchscherer, Aroldis Chapman, Pitcher Values
-Jennifer Langosch reports that Bobby Crosby is at or near the top of the priority list for the Pirates right now. The Pirates have been looking for a player to push Ronny Cedeno defensively, and with Adam Everett off the board, the pursuit of Crosby has heated up. Crosby is expected to sign a one year deal in order to increase his value going in to next season, which would be perfect for the Pirates.
-Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates have had further talks with Justin Duchscherer, but that nothing will happen soon. DK suggests that Duchscherer should sign closer to Spring, and that several teams are interested.
-DK also says that the Pirates have scouted Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman, but won’t be a bidder. Chapman should command a $20 M signing bonus at the least, which is down from the initial projections of a $50-60 M bonus when Chapman first defected. Chapman, who is 21 years old, left handed, and throws 100 MPH, has been pursued by the Yankees, Mets, Red Sox, and Phillies.
-Rob Biertemfel suggested on Twitter that the deal given to Brad Penny by the Cardinals (one year, $7.5 M with $1.5 M in possible performance bonuses) could raise the price of guys like Duchscherer, putting them out of the Pirates’ price range. On the flip side of that, Zach Duke sees his value increase, as he will likely make about $10 M over his final two years of arbitration. Penny is coming off a year in which he posted a 4.88 ERA in 173.1 innings, although he did put up a 2.59 ERA in 41.2 innings with the Giants after leaving Boston. Duke, on the other hand, is coming off a year with a 4.06 ERA in 213 innings pitched.