First Base Market: Davis and Smoak Don’t Seem Like Possibilities
Mar11

First Base Market: Davis and Smoak Don’t Seem Like Possibilities

At this point in Spring Training, I think everyone has to expect the Pittsburgh Pirates to go with Andrew Lambo as their starting first baseman. But if there was any hope of adding a first baseman via trade before Spring Training was out, that hope looks to be disappearing. Ike Davis was one of the popular trade options mentioned, but is currently in a walking boot due to a calf injury. He hasn’t played in a game since March...

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Pirates Scouting First Baseman Mike Carp
Mar02

Pirates Scouting First Baseman Mike Carp

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been scouting first baseman Mike Carp of the Boston Red Sox. He also mentions that the Milwaukee Brewers have been looking at Carp. Early in the off-season, there were a lot of teams interested in Carp, but the Red Sox were asking a lot in return. Carp would give the Pirates a 27-year-old lefty first baseman with three years of control left. He is due to make...

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Pirates Scout Johan Santana
Feb26

Pirates Scout Johan Santana

According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates were one of at least seven teams that scouted Johan Santana as he threw a bullpen session today. The reports from the session say that Santana was in excellent shape and his change-up looked good, but his velocity was topping out at 81 MPH. Santana is currently building up strength after his second shoulder surgery and this was just the third time he threw in the bullpen. Johan Santana...

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A.J. Burnett Signs a One Year Deal With the Phillies
Feb12

A.J. Burnett Signs a One Year Deal With the Phillies

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that A.J. Burnett has signed a one year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. Source said the Phillies have agreed to a one-year deal with A.J. Burnett. — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) February 12, 2014 No word yet on the terms of the deal. Obviously this ends the saga of where Burnett will eventually sign. It will be interesting to see what Burnett received on the one-year deal, to see if it matched...

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Pirates and Kendrys Morales Share Mutual Interest
Feb09

Pirates and Kendrys Morales Share Mutual Interest

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has an update on free agent first baseman Kendrys Morales, noting that there is mutual interest between Morales and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cafardo says that the Pirates would love to have Morales on the right contract, but that they are also exploring trade options. He lists Ike Davis, Mitch Moreland, Adam Lind, Justin Smoak, Daniel Nava, and Mike Carp as the candidates. Morales is a better name than...

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A.J. Burnett Will Pitch In 2014
Jan28

A.J. Burnett Will Pitch In 2014

According to Travis Sawchuk on Twitter, a source has confirmed that A.J. Burnett will pitch during the 2014 season and he is open to pitching for another team besides the Pittsburgh Pirates. There have been rumors that both the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies would be interested in Burnett if he decided to return and now it seems like they will have a chance to make him an offer. There is also the possibility that more...

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