Pirates Looking at Red Sox Relievers
Jul27

Pirates Looking at Red Sox Relievers

The list of relievers that the Pittsburgh Pirates are tracking continues to grow. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston says that the Pittsburgh Pirates are following Red Sox relievers. The Pirates have two scouts watching the Red Sox, and plan to scout them through the trade deadline. They had two scouts for the Jon Lester start the other night, which is a reminder that it’s always difficult to know the main focus for those scouts in...

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Prospect Watch: Kevin Krause Showing Power From the Catcher’s Position
Jul27

Prospect Watch: Kevin Krause Showing Power From the Catcher’s Position

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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Minor Moves: Pirates Going the Stetson Allie Route With Hayden Hurst
Jul26

Minor Moves: Pirates Going the Stetson Allie Route With Hayden Hurst

Over the last two days, Hayden Hurst has been playing as the designated hitter in the GCL. This is significant, as Hurst was drafted as a pitcher and given an over-slot bonus in 2012. He was one of three guys who the Pirates turned to with their over-slot money after Mark Appel turned them down. The Pirates gave Hurst $400,000 as a 17th round pick. He was a power arm who sat 88-92 MPH and could touch 95 at times when drafted. He also...

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What is A.J. Burnett’s Trade Value?
Jul26

What is A.J. Burnett’s Trade Value?

The Pittsburgh Pirates keep getting connected to A.J. Burnett. Earlier today we heard from Jim Bowden that the Pirates and Phillies continued to discuss Burnett, and that the discussion revolved around how much salary the Phillies would pick up, and players to go the other way. Last night I took a look at the trade values in this seller’s market, determining that teams will probably have to pay $9.5 M per win on the trade...

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Pirates and Phillies Continue to Discuss A.J. Burnett
Jul26

Pirates and Phillies Continue to Discuss A.J. Burnett

Jim Bowden has the latest update on the A.J. Burnett rumors between the Pirates and Phillies. Pirates-Phillies continue to work on A.J. Burnett deal…on player return as well as how much Phillies have to pay of Burnett’s salary#Alive — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 26, 2014 There’s not really much new information here, as we knew the Pirates had shown interest in Burnett, but didn’t like his salary. The interest...

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First Pitch: Looking at the Seller’s Market Trade Values For David Price and Jon Lester
Jul26

First Pitch: Looking at the Seller’s Market Trade Values For David Price and Jon Lester

The Pittsburgh Pirates had two scouts at the Red Sox/Rays game tonight, watching David Price and Jon Lester go against each other. Both guys could be possibilities for the trade block this year, although if the Rays keep winning, they might hold on to Price. This is shaping up to be a seller’s market. There are so many teams in the mix for the playoffs, and very few teams that are committed to selling. You just have to look at...

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