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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Francisco Liriano Tipping Point Could Come Down to Three or Four Years
Dec07

Francisco Liriano Tipping Point Could Come Down to Three or Four Years

Buster Olney has an update on Francisco Liriano today, saying that he’s set up well to be a Plan B after Jon Lester goes off the market. Francisco Liriano set up well as a Plan B after Jon Lester agrees to terms. Some execs think tipping point will be question of 4 years or 3. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 7, 2014 The first bit of info isn’t a surprise, since almost everyone has been writing about how Lester...

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