Pirates Inquired about B.J. Upton, Billy Butler, and Shane Victorino

In his Sunday column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the Pirates may have interest in the other Upton brother, this time B.J. from the Tampa Rays.  He also mentions that they inquired about Billy Butler (1B) from the Royals and Shane Victorino (OF) from the Phillies.  These little snippets were within a section on Justin Upton and how he has not drawn as much interest as expected. The whole article is about how the...

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Pirates Interested in Paul Maholm

The Pittsburgh Pirates may be interested in bringing Paul Maholm back.

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Pirates Have Expressed Interest in Jon Lester and Jason Vargas

As per Nick Cafardo’s Sunday column in the Boston Globe, Jon Lester has “been on the Pirates’ radar” along with the usual suspects of Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels, Matt Garza, and Ryan Dempster.  Carfardo goes on to say that, “It doesn’t appear the Sox would deal unless they got exceptional value back, and it doesn’t appear the Pirates would part with pitching prospect Gerrit Cole, whom the Sox would...

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Gerrit Cole Labors in Start Against Akron

Attendance was a little sparse to start the game at the neo-retro gem of a ballpark known as Canal Park in downtown Akron.  Whether it was the pockets of gray clouds overhead or the Italian-American festival outside that was siphoning fans away, there were plenty of good seats available. Those in attendance were able to witness Gerrit Cole in his first start after his appearance at the Futures Game on Sunday in Kansas City.  His mound...

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Surveying the National League – Part 2 of 2

Checking out the strengths and weaknesses of the NL playoff contenders.

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