Reds Hire Jay Bell as a Bench Coach
Nov11

Reds Hire Jay Bell as a Bench Coach

The Cincinnati Reds have hired Jay Bell away from the Pirates to be their bench coach, according to Ken Rosenthal. Sources: #Reds to hire #Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell as bench coach. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 12, 2013 Bell was the Pirates’ hitting coach in 2013, his first year on the job. I was going to mention how he seemed to have struggled on the job, but after looking at the numbers the Pirates...

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Mets Have Shown Interest in Marlon Byrd
Nov11

Mets Have Shown Interest in Marlon Byrd

Marc Craig of Newsday reports that the New York Mets have shown interest in Marlon Byrd. Also, hearing Mets touched base with Marlon Byrd’s people in the last few days. — Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) November 11, 2013 Byrd was acquired by the Pirates from the Mets in exchange for Dilson Herrera and Vic Black. He had a great season last year, but there are questions of whether he can repeat that career performance at his age. A lot of...

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Pirates Have Been Making Calls on High Upside Starters
Nov11

Pirates Have Been Making Calls on High Upside Starters

Travis Sawchik of the Trib reports through a source that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been making calls on high upside starters early in free agency. Most of the Pirates' initial free agent calls have targeted 'high upside' starting pitchers per source — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) November 11, 2013 Earlier today we learned that the Pirates haven’t heard from Burnett on whether he is retiring or coming back...

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Getting a Good Look at Catching Prospect Jin-De Jhang
Nov11

Getting a Good Look at Catching Prospect Jin-De Jhang

Twitter follower @27imokemp, who runs a Pirates blog called U Gotta Believe, passed along a video of Jin-De Jhang this afternoon. For those of you who don’t know, Jhang is a catching prospect in the lower levels. He was signed out of Taiwan in late 2011 for $250,000. He’s been on the radar as a prospect to watch in the lower levels, although he’s still raw in some areas, and is mostly potential at this point....

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Pirates Open to Discussing an Extension With Neil Walker
Nov11

Pirates Open to Discussing an Extension With Neil Walker

Jon Morosi reports that Neal Huntington says the Pittsburgh Pirates are open to discussing an extension with second baseman Neil Walker. Pirates GM Neal Huntington indicated today that the team is open to discussing an extension with Neil Walker this offseason. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 11, 2013 I wrote last month that there is no need to extend Walker. The Pirates have him under team control for the next three seasons,...

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