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First Pitch: Should the Pirates Be Involved in This Free Agent Market?

First Pitch: Should the Pirates Be Involved in This Free Agent Market?

Just to provide some confirmation, the winter meetings don't start until NEXT week. It seemed like the meetings started today with all of the transactions that went down throughout the day. If you're a Pirates fan, there's a chance that you didn't notice, since the Pirates weren't involved in any of the moves. Here is a rundown of all of today's transactions, with some Pirates-related thoughts below.

**The Yankees signed Jacoby Ellsbury to a seven year deal at $22 M per year. They also signed Kelly Johnson to a one year deal.

**The Marlins signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a three year, $21 M deal.

**The Astros acquired Dexter Fowler from the Rockies for Jordan Lyles and Brandon Barnes.

**The A's sent Seth Smith to the Padres for Luke Gregerson.

**The A's also acquired Craig Gentry and Josh Lindblom from the Rangers for Michael Choice and Chris Bostick.

**The Rays added Ryan Hanigan from the Reds and Heath Bell from the Diamondbacks in a three team trade. Cincinnati got...

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