Cardinals Sign Dean Anna to a Major League Deal
Nov11

Cardinals Sign Dean Anna to a Major League Deal

The St. Louis Cardinals have signed infielder Dean Anna to a Major League deal, according to Chad Jennings of LoHud.com (h/t MLBTR). Anna was claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates during the 2014 season, after spending some time in the majors with the New York Yankees. He can play shortstop, second, and third base, and has received good grades for his defense. He also has good numbers in his time at Triple-A, posting a .296/.385/.432...

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Pirates Will Acquire a Catcher if Russell Martin Signs Elsewhere
Nov11

Pirates Will Acquire a Catcher if Russell Martin Signs Elsewhere

This morning on MLB Network, Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington was a guest on Hot Stove and had some interesting comments on the Pirates off-season plans, including their back-up plan if catcher Russell Martin doesn’t re-sign with the club. Below are some excerpts from the interview, which focused on the plan of attack this winter. Huntington is currently in Arizona attending the GM meetings. The biggest revelation might...

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Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin Reject Qualifying Offers
Nov10

Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin Reject Qualifying Offers

We’re now less than half an hour away from the deadline for decisions on the qualifying offers, and it looks like Francisco Liriano has decided to reject his offer from the Pirates, according to Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com. Francisco Liriano will reject the $15.3 million qualifying offer from the #Pirates, per league source. — Robert Murray (@RobertMurrayMLB) November 10, 2014 The #Pirates have not been informed on...

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Report: Russell Martin Looking For $75-80 M Over Five Years
Nov10

Report: Russell Martin Looking For $75-80 M Over Five Years

Russell Martin has been connected to four main teams so far — the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Last week we heard that he intended to meet with all of those teams. A report out of Toronto today gives us an idea of the contract he is seeking. Jeff Blair of Sportsnet reports that Martin is looking for five years and $75-80 M. That’s similar to what Brian McCann received...

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Belief is That Francisco Liriano Will Decline His Qualifying Offer
Nov10

Belief is That Francisco Liriano Will Decline His Qualifying Offer

Nothing is official yet, but Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that the belief is Francisco Liriano will decline his qualifying offer. turns out pirates wise to give liriano $15.3M qualifying offer. call not made yet but prevailing belief is he declines. — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 10, 2014 The part about the Pirates being wise probably is in reference to the belief that he was going to accept the deal. However, I think...

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Russell Martin Will Reject His Qualifying Offer
Nov09

Russell Martin Will Reject His Qualifying Offer

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Russell Martin will reject his qualifying offer. This news really isn’t a surprise, since pretty much everyone knew Martin was never going to accept the deal. He’s set to receive a huge payday this off-season, getting four or five years, and likely around the same average annual value as the $15.3 M that the qualifying offer would have paid him. Martin met with the Cubs this week. He...

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