Pirates Are on Josh Johnson’s Short List
Nov19

Pirates Are on Josh Johnson’s Short List

Yesterday there was a rumor that Josh Johnson preferred the San Francisco Giants and the San Diego Padres, due to the proximity to his home in Las Vegas. Today, Travis Sawchik reports via Johnson’s agent that the right-hander has the Pirates on his short list of teams. Johnson's agent Matt Sosnick: "The Pirates are one of the teams he wants to consider at the end…The Pirates are on his short list." —...

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Non-Pirates Rumors: Ike Davis, Mark Trumbo
Nov13

Non-Pirates Rumors: Ike Davis, Mark Trumbo

First base is a position of need for the Pittsburgh Pirates this off-season. There are a few free agent options available who could fill that need. There are also some trade options, including two that a lot of Pirates fans are talking about. Those two are Mark Trumbo of the Angels and Ike Davis of the Mets. This morning I noticed updates on both players from Jon Heyman, and neither specifically mentioned the Pirates as a team of...

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Phillies to Sign Marlon Byrd to a Two-Year Deal
Nov12

Phillies to Sign Marlon Byrd to a Two-Year Deal

The Philadelphia Phillies will sign Marlon Byrd, according to CBS Philly. The Mike and Ike Show is reporting the signing through a source, although no terms of the deal have been announced. The Pirates were expected to pursue Byrd this off-season, as they have a hole in right field. Ken Rosenthal says it’s a two-year deal, which might have been prohibitive for the Pirates. They’ve got top prospect Gregory Polanco, who...

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Pirates Expected to Stay Internal in Search For Hitting Coach
Nov12

Pirates Expected to Stay Internal in Search For Hitting Coach

Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are expected to stay internal in their search for a new hitting coach. Meanwhile, Travis Sawchik says assistant hitting coach Jeff Branson is a candidate for the position. #Pirates expect to stay internal in their search to replace hitting coach Jay Bell, who is joining #Reds as bench coach. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 12, 2013 Jeff Branson, the Pirates'...

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Mets Have Shown Interest in Marlon Byrd
Nov11

Mets Have Shown Interest in Marlon Byrd

Marc Craig of Newsday reports that the New York Mets have shown interest in Marlon Byrd. Also, hearing Mets touched base with Marlon Byrd’s people in the last few days. — Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) November 11, 2013 Byrd was acquired by the Pirates from the Mets in exchange for Dilson Herrera and Vic Black. He had a great season last year, but there are questions of whether he can repeat that career performance at his age. A lot of...

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Pirates Have Been Making Calls on High Upside Starters
Nov11

Pirates Have Been Making Calls on High Upside Starters

Travis Sawchik of the Trib reports through a source that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been making calls on high upside starters early in free agency. Most of the Pirates' initial free agent calls have targeted 'high upside' starting pitchers per source — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) November 11, 2013 Earlier today we learned that the Pirates haven’t heard from Burnett on whether he is retiring or coming back...

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