• Analysis
    Winter Leagues 12/6 — Marte Triples Twice; Crotta Joins Lara

    Checking in on Pirates' players and friends in Tuesday's winter league action:   DOMINICAN LEAGUE Leones del Escogido  3,  Estrellas de Oriente  2 CF Starling Marte led off the bottom of the 11th inning with a triple into left field, then scored on an RBI single for Los Leones' walk-off win.   Marte...

  • News and Rumors
    Pirates Interested in Erik Bedard

    Nick Cafrado of the Boston Globe reports that left handed pitcher Erik Bedard is drawing interest from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bedard is coming off a year where he put up a 3.62 ERA in 129.1 innings, along with an 8.7 K/9, a 3.3 BB/9, and a 1.0 HR/9.  He's had a huge history...

  • News and Rumors
    Pirates Working On Deals With Betemit and McLouth

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are moving closer to deals with infielder Wilson Betemit and outfielder Nate McLouth, according to Rob Biertempfel.  We've heard about their interest in McLouth for the last two days. We've also heard that the Pirates are looking for contingency plans if Pedro Alvarez struggles again this year, which is...

  • News and Rumors
    Pirates Plan to Meet With Agent For Jeff Francis

    Yesterday we heard conflicting reports on whether the Pittsburgh Pirates had interest in free agent left hander Jeff Francis. Jon Paul Morosi has an update today which says the Pirates are indeed looking at Francis. He notes that Francis' agent plans to meet with the Pirates, Mariners, and Twins this week. Francis...

  • This Date in Pirates History
    This Date in Pirates History: December 6

    Born on this date in 1950 was Tim Foli, who played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1979 to 1981, then returned in 1985 to finish his career. Foli was drafted first overall in the 1968 amateur draft by the Mets and he made his major league debut in late 1970 with...

  • News and Rumors
    Winter Meetings Day One: Who’s On First?

    Lee is unlikely to accept arbitration by Wednesday's deadline. Coming in to the winter meetings, it was clear that the biggest need for the Pittsburgh Pirates was at first base.  The team saw strong defensive additions at catcher and shortstop already this off-season, although the strong defense doesn't come with much offense...

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