Jameson Taillon Completes His First Day of Catch
Jul30

Jameson Taillon Completes His First Day of Catch

Jameson Taillon just tweeted that he had his first day of catch today, throwing from 45 feet. First day of catch in the books. May have been only 45 ft, but life just feels right with a baseball in my hand! — Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19) July 30, 2014 The normal progression for Tommy John surgery is to take four months off from throwing for rest and rehab purposes. We’re now about four months beyond when Taillon had his...

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First Pitch: Finding a Middle Ground in the Jon Lester/Josh Bell Debate
Jul30

First Pitch: Finding a Middle Ground in the Jon Lester/Josh Bell Debate

The lead up to the trade deadline has been pretty bland so far. The Pirates are looking at relievers. The Pirates are looking at more relievers. They like A.J. Burnett, kind of, but don’t like his salary for 2015. More relievers. Interest in Marlon Byrd, for some reason. Relievers. Not really interested in Burnett anymore because of the 2015 salary. Just to specify: left-handed relievers. And that was the way it was until this...

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Rockies Plan to Keep LaTroy Hawkins
Jul30

Rockies Plan to Keep LaTroy Hawkins

The Colorado Rockies are planning on keeping closer LaTroy Hawkins, according to Jon Heyman. Earlier this week we heard that the Pirates were interested in the closer, and Heyman says that the Rockies talked with the Pirates and a few other teams about him. Instead of trading him, Colorado will pick up his $2.25 M option for next year. It’s not a move that makes much sense for the Rockies, since it’s a good market to trade...

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Jon Lester Scratched From His Start Tomorrow
Jul29

Jon Lester Scratched From His Start Tomorrow

Earlier today the big news was that the Pittsburgh Pirates were considered a dark-horse candidate to land Jon Lester. The lefty was scheduled to start tomorrow for the Boston Red Sox. Now, Ken Rosenthal reports that Lester has been scratched from his start tomorrow. #RedSox announce that they have scratched Lester from his start tomorrow. Workman taking his turn. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2014 A guy getting...

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Pirates Emerging As Dark-Horse Candidate For Jon Lester; Josh Bell Involved?
Jul29

Pirates Emerging As Dark-Horse Candidate For Jon Lester; Josh Bell Involved?

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has a big rumor, saying that the Pittsburgh Pirates are emerging as a dark-horse candidate for Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester. He also says that one name at the center of trade talks is Josh Bell. As we learned with last year’s Bud Norris situation, and the revelation of the Astros’ trade talks this year, having a guy like Bell mentioned in this rumor doesn’t necessarily mean the Pirates...

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