Comments on: Pirates Interested in Rick Porcello Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Wed, 12 Nov 2014 18:09:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: TonyPenaforHOF Sun, 16 Dec 2012 13:05:47 +0000 If they made that deal and signed the Cubans it would be a very good off season.

By: emjayinTN Sat, 15 Dec 2012 22:28:22 +0000 j: You are absolutely right on target with this kid – won’t turn 24 until 2 days after Christmas and he has averaged 30 starts in the majors each year for the past 4 years. He gives up a lot of hits, but he is carrying a career 48-42 record. If we have to add something to Hanrahan to get him, so be it, as long as it is Jose Tabata, Alex Pressley, or Josh Harrison – Leyland would love to have a kid like Harrison and he could do very well for Detroit.

By: Matt Beam Sat, 15 Dec 2012 17:39:46 +0000 Please find a way to do the deal suggested in this article by a Tigers blogger

Porcello and Boesch for Hanny and Tabata

With Cutch and Marte, Tabata is a very borderline starting OF that doesn’t fit PNC nearly as well as Boesch (big LH RF similar to Garret Jones but maybe with slightly less power). Boesch goes from a large Comerica Park to a much more friendly park for LH’s. I’d expect 20-25 HR’s and a 0.270ish BA. Both OF’s could probably use a change in scenery at this point

By: thecrow124 Sat, 15 Dec 2012 03:54:23 +0000 Please do not trade Hanrahan for Porcello, we already have Porcello in Jeff Locke, but with 3 more years of control than we would have with Porcello. Teams continue to undervalue Hanrahan in trade scenario’s, that is fine with me, hold on to him and trade him at the deadline, he will have no less value then than he has now and we have a better chance of competing with him than without.
As far as helping the team for this season, there is little that can be done. Huntington continues to sign average players to pair with our average players hoping for a big rebound season. That is something that is never going to happen, why can’t he see that. My personal opinion is that he should not continue to take himself out of dealings with thew upper tier of free agents. I realize that this sentiment is not shared by anyone else, but I live my life by the belief that if you want to be great you have to surround yourself with great people, if you strive to be average then surround yourself with average people.
We have McCutchen signed to a very team friendly deal, now surround him with great players instead of average to poor players. Sometimes I have no idea where his mind is either. He said today that KC gave up more than the Pirates could give up, and I agree with that, but from the other side of things, he SHOULD have been talking to KC, We could have given them AJ and Wandy for Myers and Odorizzi, how can one man that covets his prospects like NH does not see that trade and be all over it. Heck, give them McDonald and AJ or Wandy and I still make that trade 7 days a week.

By: Lee Young Sat, 15 Dec 2012 03:04:56 +0000 If only it was up to NH…unfortunately, it takes two to tango.

By: Lee Young Sat, 15 Dec 2012 03:03:15 +0000 I found this

Two Cuban prospects, outfielder Dariel Alvarez and shortstop Aledmis Diaz, have established residency in Mexico and are now officially MLB free agents, reports Jorge Ebro of El Nuevo Herald. The young pair defected at different times last summer but both settled in Mexico.

Alvarez, 24, has been playing professionally in Vera Cruz, Mexico, since October. The 6′ 2″, 190-lb right-handed hitter played all three outfield positions for Camaguey in Serie Nacional. Alvarez’s above-average arm has impressed MLB scouts since arriving in Vera Cruz, reports Jesse Sanchez of

Diaz, 22, was a member of the Cuban National team and has been training in Mexico City since his arrival. The 6′ 1″, 185-lb shortstop is thought to be an average runner with an above-average arm. Sanchez adds on his report on the pair that Diaz is likely the closest to being MLB-ready, and can hit for both average and power.

The new rules of the most recent Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulate that Cuban defectors over the age of 23 with more than three years of professional play under their belt are not subject to international signing restrictions. Because of this, it is likely clubs will wait until Diaz turns 23 in early January to sign the infielder.

By: Lee Young Sat, 15 Dec 2012 02:58:27 +0000 Do you have a link to these Cuban OFers?

Are they Major League ready?


By: TonyPenaforHOF Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:31:32 +0000 Neil can make three moves to bring Pittsburgh into contention:
– Make the trade with Detroit (Hanny for Porcello)
– Sign Cuban outfielder Dariel Alvarez and shortstop Aledmys Diaz

Look at the current MLB team – young players at 3rd, second, CF, LF.
With these signings you can add SS and RF.
That leaves catcher as the only hole.

Looking at the MLB rotation, JMac is the only young MLB pitcher with any success.
Add Porcello, Cole and Tallion to JMac within the next year and there is some youth and talent. The bullpen can be filled by players currently in the bullpen and in the minors.

Might be a pretty good team for a few years.

By: Matt Beam Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:19:08 +0000 agree, $5M + Hanny

By: Mark Busch Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:59:36 +0000 The additional piece? Straight cash, homey.