Could the Pirates make a run at Stephen Strasburg?

I posted a projected 2010 salary yesterday, which changes slightly with the John Grabow/Tom Gorzelanny trade, although not too much since Kevin Hart would just replace Gorzy in the projections. Ultimately, the situation is still the same, with the Pirates projected for a payroll around $25 M, and four spaces on the 25-man roster. From this we can make two assumptions: 1. The Pirates will add a high priced free agent2. The Pirates will...

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Grabow/Gorzelanny Trade Breakdown

The Pirates traded John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny to the Chicago Cubs for three prospects. Here is a breakdown of all of the players involved. The Pirates give… John Grabow: Grabow has been a reliable reliever, and is a free agent after the season. He’s currently eligible for Type A status, which means he’ll fetch two first round comp picks at the end of the season if the Cubs offer him arbitration and he signs...

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Grabow and Gorzelanny traded to Cubs

UPDATE 5:50 PM: According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pirates received RHP Kevin Hart, RHP Jose Ascanio, and IF Josh Harrison.UPDATE 5:48 PM: A lot of rumors going around that the Pirates got Jay Jackson in return. Jackson was the #9 prospect for the Cubs this season, and their 9th round pick in the 2008 draft.UPDATE 5:45 PM: DK says a deal is done. Grabow and Gorzelanny to the Cubs. No official word on the return yet. – According...

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Trade Deadline: What's left?

I have to say this: with every move, I’m loving the apparent plan by Neal Huntington more and more. It’s obvious that he’s blowing up the team and starting from scratch. But there’s an actual plan. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the majority of pitchers he’s acquired are ground ball pitchers who don’t necessarily throw hard, but have good control with a good out pitch, usually a...

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Pirates trade Freddy Sanchez for Tim Alderson

After a day full of rumors (well, more than a day), the Pittsburgh Pirates have traded second baseman Freddy Sanchez to the San Francisco Giants for starting pitching prospect Tim Alderson. Alderson was ranked as the fourth best prospect in the San Francisco Giants’ system by Baseball America, and the second best pitching prospect behind Madison Bumgarner. He was rated as having the best curveball in the San Francisco system....

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