A.J. Burnett to the Pirates Probably Isn’t Happening
Jul29

A.J. Burnett to the Pirates Probably Isn’t Happening

Jayson Stark has an update on the Pirates/Phillies rumor involving A.J. Burnett, saying that the talks are “all but dead” (h/t Charlie at Bucs Dugout). Stark notes that the Pirates want assurances that Burnett won’t pick up his player option next season, but that they’ve been unable to get those assurances. Burnett could make as much as $14.25 M next season. Stark says that the Phillies are saying Burnett will...

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Pirates Looking For a Left-Handed Reliever
Jul29

Pirates Looking For a Left-Handed Reliever

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been connected to a lot of relievers, and a lot of left-handed relievers. We’ve heard them connected to Andrew Miller of the Red Sox, Antonio Bastardo of the Phillies, and a loose connection to Oliver Perez of the Diamondbacks. Jon Morosi says that the team continues to look for lefty relievers. Pirates continuing to look for a left-handed reliever, sources say. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July...

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First Pitch: A Trade Doesn’t Make Sense For Pirates in This Seller’s Market
Jul29

First Pitch: A Trade Doesn’t Make Sense For Pirates in This Seller’s Market

The MLB trade deadline is just a few days away. The rumor mill has been heating up lately, but we’re still at the point where nothing is really happening, and so many teams are stuck in no-man’s land, wondering if they should buy, sell, or stay put. The few teams who are sellers will take advantage of an extreme seller’s market. I’ve been writing about this over the weekend, noting the big prices being paid for...

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Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Hits 15th Homer, Tony Sanchez Hits 8th Homer
Jul29

Prospect Watch: Stetson Allie Hits 15th Homer, Tony Sanchez Hits 8th Homer

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. If a player is out for the season (Jameson Taillon #1, Clay Holmes #12), he will be removed and everyone below him will move up a spot....

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Pirates Reportedly Could Get In On Jon Lester Talks
Jul29

Pirates Reportedly Could Get In On Jon Lester Talks

Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that a couple of baseball executives think the Pirates could get in on the Jon Lester trade talks. A couple of baseball executives think the Pirates may get into Jon Lester trade talks with Red Sox. — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 29, 2014 Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are open to dealing Lester and John Lackey “for the right returns.” Source: #RedSox open to...

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