Pirates Designate Jerry Sands and Ryan Reid For Assignment
Dec13

Pirates Designate Jerry Sands and Ryan Reid For Assignment

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made the signings of Edinson Volquez and Clint Barmes official. To make room on the 40-man roster, the Pirates have designated Jerry Sands and Ryan Reid for assignment. Sands isn’t a surprise, since he was out of options and didn’t fit into the Pirates plans as a top choice for the right field position. He had horrible numbers in Triple-A last year, along with some injury problems. If he clears...

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Orioles Want to Talk to A.J. Burnett
Dec13

Orioles Want to Talk to A.J. Burnett

Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that the Baltimore Orioles are waiting to hear if A.J. Burnett wants to pitch in 2014. #orioles still waiting to find out whether A.J. Burnett wants to pitch in 2014. If so, they want to talk to him. Met with rep at meetings — Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) December 13, 2013 Kubatko says that the Orioles want to talk to Burnett, and that they met with his representative at the Winter Meetings. The...

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Who are the Remaining First Base Options?
Dec13

Who are the Remaining First Base Options?

James Loney is off the market, and the Pittsburgh Pirates are still looking for a first baseman. Fortunately for the Pirates, the Milwaukee Brewers are the only real competition. There are several first base options on the trade market who could fill a need. Here is a quick rundown of the remaining players. Ike Davis – He’s estimated to make $3.5 M in 2014 through arbitration. The Mets have been talking with the Brewers...

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James Loney on the Verge of a Deal With the Rays
Dec13

James Loney on the Verge of a Deal With the Rays

Buster Olney reports that James Loney is on the verge of a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. James Loney is on the verge of an agreement with the Tampa Bay Rays; a multi-year deal. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 13, 2013 The deal would be a multi-year deal, according to Loney. It appears that the Pirates will have to turn to the trade market with Loney off the table. It will be interesting to see what he ended up signing...

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First Pitch: The 2014 Pirates Are a Better Team Than the 2013 Pirates
Dec13

First Pitch: The 2014 Pirates Are a Better Team Than the 2013 Pirates

Every off-season you see the same type of analysis when it comes to evaluating how a team has improved for the following season. It’s always a basic formula that subtracts the players who are leaving from the end of the season roster, and adds in only the players who project to be on the 25-man roster on Opening Day the following year. And the whole process is wrong. The Pirates saw A.J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, Justin Morneau,...

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Pirates Agree to Terms With Clint Barmes
Dec12

Pirates Agree to Terms With Clint Barmes

Buster Olney reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to re-signing shortstop Clint Barmes. Clint Barmes is close to re-signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 12, 2013 Jon Heyman says the two sides have agreed to terms. Barmes headed back to pirates. Details being finalized but he's agreed to return. Olney 1st said close. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 12, 2013 There...

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