There is no shortage of rumors throughout the off-season. Those rumors can start by a simple mention of a player, and spread like wildfire, to the point where a day after the mention fans are penciling the player in to future lineups, regardless of whether the team is actually pursuing the player. Eventually, it gets hard to determine how the rumor started, or how much truth there is to the rumor. I will be keeping track of all of the rumors this off-season, including the source of the rumor, and the exact level of reported interest by the Pirates. The rumors will include free agent rumors and trade speculation. Players will only remain on the tracker as long as they are on the free agent market.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.