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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Pirates Sign Two Minor League Free Agents
Dec06

Pirates Sign Two Minor League Free Agents

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed two minor league free agents, according to Baseball America’s latest minor league transactions. The first player that is new to the list is actually a former player, Francisco Diaz. Diaz is a catcher who was eligible for minor league free agency this off-season. He has mostly played the lower levels, and profiles as an organizational player. It’s possible that he’s returning as a...

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First Pitch: Should the Pirates Add Two More Starting Pitchers?
Dec04

First Pitch: Should the Pirates Add Two More Starting Pitchers?

Whether it’s the trade market or free agents, the starting pitching market is currently being held up by one person: Jon Lester. Once Lester signs, other dominos will fall. The Pittsburgh Pirates will be one of the teams looking for a pitcher. They have the money to spend, and they have the need.┬áThat need is not only for a pitcher, but for a quality pitcher who can be one of the best starters in the rotation. They needed two...

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Clint Barmes Signs With San Diego
Dec03

Clint Barmes Signs With San Diego

Clint Barmes has signed a one-year deal with the San Diego Padres, according to Ken Rosenthal. Source: #Padres in agreement with IF Clint Barmes on one-year deal with club option. Pending physical. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 3, 2014 The writing was on the wall this off-season that Barmes wouldn’t be returning to the Pirates. They had been acquiring a lot of infield depth options, including a few players who...

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Pirates Sign Left-Hander Clayton Richard to a Minor League Deal
Dec03

Pirates Sign Left-Hander Clayton Richard to a Minor League Deal

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left-hander Clayton Richard to a minor league deal with an invitation to Major League camp. Richard missed a lot of the 2014 season after recovering from AC joint surgery in 2013, and thoracic outlet surgery during the 2013-14 off-season. He signed a minor league deal with Arizona mid-season, but only made four appearances between Double-A and Triple-A, with poor results as a starter. Richard has a...

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