The High Asking Prices For Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino

Buster Olney had the following update this morning about the asking price for Hunter Pence to the Pittsburgh Pirates (h/t to Bucs Dugout): All the way up to July 30th, Philadelphia's asking price on Hunter Pence for Pirates was Starling Marte, Lincoln and more. Pretty pricey. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 2, 2012 With that type of return, I’d imagine there was also talk of the Phillies picking up some salary in...

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Pirates Inquired about B.J. Upton, Billy Butler, and Shane Victorino

In his Sunday column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the Pirates may have interest in the other Upton brother, this time B.J. from the Tampa Rays.  He also mentions that they inquired about Billy Butler (1B) from the Royals and Shane Victorino (OF) from the Phillies.  These little snippets were within a section on Justin Upton and how he has not drawn as much interest as expected. The whole article is about how the...

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Monday Trade Rumors: Shane Victorino, Matt Garza, Starling Marte

Here are a few updates on the trade front, via MLBTR. **The Pirates were one of six teams scouting Matt Garza this weekend, according to ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla. I wouldn’t read much in to it other than due diligence. There’s usually a big gap between scouting a player and trying to trade for him. It’s also important to note that Garza was going up against Arizona. So the scout could have been there to...

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Pirates Don’t Seem Alive on Victorino

Ken Rosenthal had the following tweet this morning about the Pittsburgh Pirates and Shane Victorino. Things can change quickly over next 31 hours, but #Pirates did not seem alive on Victorino as of late last night. #Phillies — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2012 As Rosenthal notes, things could change between now and tomorrow’s deadline. The news is a bit surprising, as we’ve heard the Pirates connected to...

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Saturday Trade Rumors: Victorino, Headley, Marte, Padres, West Virginia

A few days remaining until the trade deadline. Here are the rumors from Saturday. **Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the trade buzz surrounding Shane Victorino has picked up. Salisbury names the Pirates, Reds, Dodgers, and Giants as teams who are interested and who are currently scouting Victorino. **Jayson Stark of ESPN.com notes that the Pirates are portraying themselves as a team that is content with Starling Marte, and...

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