Pirates Still Interested in Derrek Lee

The Pittsburgh Pirates are still interested in Derrek Lee for first base, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Lee was offered arbitration last month, but turned down that offer a week ago to pursue free agency. He is believed to be waiting for the top options on the board to sign, hoping that will improve his market.  Albert Pujols signed last week with the Los Angeles Angels, which leaves Prince Fielder as the only road block. Lee...

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Winter Leagues 12/13 — Gonzalez Scores The Tying Run

Checking in on a little bit of winter league action for Pirates’ players and friends… the Venezuelan and Dominican Leagues have a scheduled day off today   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Leones de Ponce  3,  Criollos de Caguas  2 Los Criollos took a 1-0 lead into the middle of the 8th inning.  Los Leones began their rally with a one-out walk, and Benji Gonzalez came on as a pinch-runner.  He scored the tying run from first base...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Top Prospects: #9 – Kyle McPherson

The Pirates Prospects 2012 Prospect Guide will be released later this week, featuring over 250 prospect reports, the 2012 top 50 prospects, a feature on the top four pitching prospects in the system, and the most comprehensive coverage of the Pirates’ farm system that you can find.  While the top 50 prospects are exclusive to the book, we will be releasing the top ten prospects over the next week.  Be sure to purchase your copy...

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Andrew McCutchen’s Extension Value

One of the big topics this off-season is whether the Pittsburgh Pirates will extend their top player, Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen is entering his final year of league minimum pay. He will be arbitration eligible in 2013, and will be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season if no extension is reached. The topic of a McCutchen extension came up again this past weekend. In a radio interview with Bob Pompeani, Pirates’ General...

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This Date in Pirates History: December 13

On this date in 2001 the Pittsburgh Pirates traded starting pitcher Todd Ritchie and minor leaguer Lee Evans to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for pitchers Josh Fogg, Kip Wells and Sean Lowe. For Fogg the date has double meaning as it is also his birthday. Ritchie, who was 30 at the time of the trade, was a starter for the Pirates for three seasons, going 35-32 4.29 in 90 starts. Evans was a catcher who had reached AA in his six...

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