Jon Lester Traded to Oakland For Yoenis Cespedes
Jul31

Jon Lester Traded to Oakland For Yoenis Cespedes

Jeff Passan reports that Jon Lester has been traded. The team is unknown at the moment. Source: Jon Lester has been traded. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014 Updates to come. UPDATE 9:42 AM: Passan says Lester is going to a West Coast team. Lester going to a team on the West Coast. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 31, 2014 So I think it’s safe to say we can rule out the Pirates, unless the report is wrong. My...

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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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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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How Jon Lester Could Impact a Very Close NL Playoff Race
Jul30

How Jon Lester Could Impact a Very Close NL Playoff Race

Normally we only do one playoff projection each week. In last Friday’s update, the Pirates had the sixth best odds of making the post season, and were sitting just outside of the second Wild Card spot. Since then, they’ve gone 3-2, with two big wins against the NL Wild Card contending San Francisco Giants. That has given the Pirates a slight jump in the projections this week. The purpose of this update isn’t to...

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Jameson Taillon Completes His First Day of Catch
Jul30

Jameson Taillon Completes His First Day of Catch

Jameson Taillon just tweeted that he had his first day of catch today, throwing from 45 feet. First day of catch in the books. May have been only 45 ft, but life just feels right with a baseball in my hand! — Jameson Taillon (@JTaillon19) July 30, 2014 The normal progression for Tommy John surgery is to take four months off from throwing for rest and rehab purposes. We’re now about four months beyond when Taillon had his...

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