First Pitch: Hoarding Prospects or Just a Good Grasp of Reality?
Jul31

First Pitch: Hoarding Prospects or Just a Good Grasp of Reality?

This is one of my favorite times of the year. For the past four years, it has been the same thing over and over. The Pirates have been at various stages of contending, and the trade rumors begin. The Pirates are mentioned as buyers. Inevitably, there’s a rumor that would have the Pirates potentially dealing a top prospect to get a rental for anywhere from two months to 14 months. And that always leads to the same debates about...

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Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Homers, Nick Kingham Has Another Rough Start
Jul31

Prospect Watch: Andrew Lambo Homers, Nick Kingham Has Another Rough Start

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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Latest Jon Lester Rumors: Pirates and Cardinals Pushing the Hardest
Jul30

Latest Jon Lester Rumors: Pirates and Cardinals Pushing the Hardest

Jon Lester won’t be making his start today, as we learned last night he would be scratched in anticipation for a trade. The Pittsburgh Pirates are in the mix, but the cost is going to be high. I wrote about that cost last night, while also looking at some players who could be given up for Lester. Here are the latest rumors on Lester, with updates throughout the day. Buster Olney says that the NL Central teams are just as...

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Pirates in on Ian Kennedy, Who Might Not Be Moved
Jul30

Pirates in on Ian Kennedy, Who Might Not Be Moved

Most of the rumors over the last 24 hours have surrounded Jon Lester. But it doesn’t look like the Pittsburgh Pirates are limiting their pitching search to just the Red Sox lefty. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates are one of the teams in on Padres’ starting pitcher Ian Kennedy. Sources: Teams on #Padres' Kennedy include #Royals, #Pirates, #Marlins – and others. Not certain to be moved. — Ken Rosenthal...

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Orioles Pursuing Jon Lester
Jul30

Orioles Pursuing Jon Lester

The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly close to a deal for Jon Lester, according to Pete Abraham in Boston and Brittany Ghiroli in Baltimore. #RedSox in discussions on a deal that would end Jon Lester to the #Orioles sources from both teams say. Would return a pitcher — Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) July 30, 2014 Hearing Orioles are close to a deal with the Red Sox for pitcher Jon Lester. Same as @PeteAbe — Brittany Ghiroli...

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