Pirates Claim RHP Josh Lindblom From the Athletics, Outright Angel Sanchez
Dec08

Pirates Claim RHP Josh Lindblom From the Athletics, Outright Angel Sanchez

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed right-handed pitcher Josh Lindblom from the Oakland Athletics, and have outrighted right-handed pitcher Angel Sanchez off the 40-man roster to Indianapolis. The 40-man roster was at 39 before the move, so the decision to outright Sanchez was interesting. That could be a move designed to select a player in the Rule 5 draft later in the week. Lindblom has 136.2 innings in the majors, mostly as a...

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Pirates Add Kevin Young and Grady Little to the Front Office
Dec08

Pirates Add Kevin Young and Grady Little to the Front Office

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made two additions to the front office today. Bill Brink first reported that the team added former first baseman Kevin Young as a special assistant to the baseball operations staff. Kevin Young has joined #Pirates' baseball operations staff as a special assistant. — Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) December 8, 2014 The first thing you usually think about with Young is how his extension really hurt the...

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Jon Lester Nearing the Finish Line, Which Would Open Up the Starting Pitching Market
Dec08

Jon Lester Nearing the Finish Line, Which Would Open Up the Starting Pitching Market

The starting pitching market could open up soon. Currently everything is being delayed by Jon Lester, whose signing will set the pitching market. Buster Olney says that a deal could happen in the next day. Lester talks nearing the finish line, sources say. Choice will be made no earlier than tonight, no later than tomorrow. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 8, 2014 The main need for the Pirates is a starting pitcher for the...

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Pirates Rumored to Be Interested in Francisco Liriano For Just Three Years
Dec08

Pirates Rumored to Be Interested in Francisco Liriano For Just Three Years

Yesterday, Buster Olney wrote that the tipping point for the Francisco Liriano bidding could come down to three or four years. Liriano might have difficulty finding a team to give him four years, due to his lack of consistency, and the fact that he has never pitched 200 innings. He hasn’t pitched more than 162 innings in each of his last five years, and has only topped that total once, throwing 191.2 innings in 2010. Nick...

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Pirates Have One Specific Need Heading into the Winter Meetings
Dec07

Pirates Have One Specific Need Heading into the Winter Meetings

Major League Baseball’s Winter Meetings take place this week, running Monday¬†through the Rule 5 draft on Thursday. The meetings are a time when things really kick off in free agency and on the trade market. For the Pittsburgh Pirates, I wouldn’t be surprised if the meetings are slow. There aren’t many areas where the Pirates need to seek an upgrade. **They seem to be going with an all-defense catching combo of...

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