We're about to enter trade rumor season, which is always an exciting time if you're a baseball fan. Each day you get to hear about what players might be available, what teams might be interested in them, and what prospects it might take to land those players. Very few rumors end up in deals. That's not to say that there are no rumors that end up as deals. For example, last year the Pirates were connected to Marlon Byrd in late July, and traded for him in late August. But a recap of the July 31st rumors shows that there were a ton of rumored talks that went nowhere.
Today we got an inside look at the talks involving the Astros, Pirates, and Bud Norris from last year. The inside look comes in the form of leaked or hacked documents, which have been confirmed to be true, but which the Astros said were partially embellished. The latter part seems like it was probably said to give deniability to any of the teams that were included in the report.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.