Free Agent Rumors: Paul Maholm, Dan Wheeler

Two Pittsburgh Pirates free agent rumors, after a few weeks of little to no news:

-Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates have had discussions with Paul Maholm, although a return seems unlikely. Kovacevic mentions that the Pirates are looking to upgrade the rotation, but that those additions will probably come from non-roster invitees, rather than a high profile addition. We heard earlier that the Pirates agreed to sign Jo-Jo Reyes to a minor league deal.

-Phil Mackey of ESPN 1500 has an article on the Minnesota Twins’ bullpen search. He mentions that one of the targets, Dan Wheeler, has drawn interest from the Pirates. However, he adds that one baseball person indicated that Neal Huntington isn’t ready to offer a guaranteed contract. Wheeler turned 34 in December, and has a 3.65 ERA in 155.1 innings over the last three years, with a 7.5 K/9, a 1.9 BB/9, and a 1.4 HR/9 ratio.

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  • Robert S. Myers

    Would not mind Paul coming back on a one or two year deal.  Then, if he pitches like he did last season flip him at the deadline.  I dont feel comfortable starting the year with what we currently have going for us.  Would rather try for Jackson, Francis, or even Harden though.

  • Anonymous

    Wheeler made $3MM last yr. Unless his price has dropped a lot or Meek is on shaky ground, I don’t see this signing happening. Four straight yrs of pitching in the AL East speaks well for him as he did okay there.

    Jackson is said to be asking for $14-$15MM/yr. If that’s true, I think Francis or Harden would be okay choices. Harden is appealing to me if you have have enough material to keep him in one piece for a season. Perhaps use him as a spot starter to keep the wear and tear down on him.

  • Lee Young

    Maybe Harden and Bedard can platoon? :) :) :)

  • Anonymous

    I would imagine that they left the door open for Paul if he can’t find a better offer, just a guess.

  • Anonymous

    I like Clint Barmes, believe he is a quality player and thought he would have done really well with the Rockies, but Tulowitski came on board, thus causing Clint to have to play 2nd, which was not his favorite position, although he did really well at 2nd…   Clint is without a doubt a quality player, and hopefully does really well with the Pirates…   Go Bucs!!!  Oh yes, Clint is a quality individual (person)…

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if the Pirates are waiting on Lee to make a decission. If he decides not to play for us that would free up a lot of money for a pitcher.

    So make up your &@%***$#*& mind Fielder

  • Anonymous

    pirates arent going to do anything but take our money again this year 95 losses and a fat wallet for the owner