Russell Martin Will Reject His Qualifying Offer
Nov09

Russell Martin Will Reject His Qualifying Offer

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Russell Martin will reject his qualifying offer. This news really isn’t a surprise, since pretty much everyone knew Martin was never going to accept the deal. He’s set to receive a huge payday this off-season, getting four or five years, and likely around the same average annual value as the $15.3 M that the qualifying offer would have paid him. Martin met with the Cubs this week. He...

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Francisco Liriano Still Deciding Whether to Accept Pirates Qualifying Offer
Nov09

Francisco Liriano Still Deciding Whether to Accept Pirates Qualifying Offer

According to Ken Rosenthal, Francisco Liriano is still deciding whether to accept the qualifying offer made by the Pittsburgh Pirates last week. Rosenthal says that the lefty is considering “several options.” Sources: Liriano still deciding whether to accept #Pirates ' qualifying offer, considering "several options." — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 9, 2014 Obviously Liriano is still deciding,...

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Russell Martin Meets With the Cubs, Talking to Four Teams
Nov07

Russell Martin Meets With the Cubs, Talking to Four Teams

Bruce Levine reports that Russell Martin met with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, and that the catcher is talking with four clubs. The Cubs met with free agent Russell Martin and his agent on Thursday . Russell talking with four clubs . — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) November 7, 2014 Earlier in the week we heard that the Cubs would be going after Martin. The Pirates are probably one of the four clubs Levine mentions. I’m...

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Gomez, Axford, and d’Arnaud Headline the List of Pirates 2014 Minor League Free Agents
Nov07

Gomez, Axford, and d’Arnaud Headline the List of Pirates 2014 Minor League Free Agents

Baseball America has released their list of minor league free agents today, with the Pittsburgh Pirates having the following players who declared free agency: RHP: John Axford (AAA), Jake Brigham (AAA), Emmanuel De Leon (AA), Jeanmar Gomez (AAA), Kenn Kasparek (AA), Josh Kinney (AAA), Kyle McPherson (AAA), Quinton Miller (AA), Wirfin Obispo (AAA), Josh Wall (AAA) LHP: Rafael Perez (AAA), Jhonathan Ramos (AA), Adam Wilk (AAA) C: Nevin...

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First Pitch: No Clear Answers For the Pirates at First Base
Nov07

First Pitch: No Clear Answers For the Pirates at First Base

A few weeks ago I wrote about the first base platoon, asking which players should stick around for the platoon in 2015. The Pittsburgh Pirates saw all of their internal options have down years in 2014, with Ike Davis, Gaby Sanchez, and Pedro Alvarez all struggling at the plate. Based on the career numbers, a platoon of Davis and Sanchez would be the best internal option. However, this would also cost around $7 M, which is getting...

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