Jim Benedict Reportedly Impressed the Phillies in His Interview
Nov03

Jim Benedict Reportedly Impressed the Phillies in His Interview

Two weeks ago we heard that the Philadelphia Phillies would be interviewing Jim Benedict, who is currently a special advisor to Neal Huntington, and has played a key role working with pitchers like Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole. Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly hears that Benedict impressed team officials in his interview (h/t RumBunter). Salisbury listed several other candidates who have received interviews, but none of them came with...

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MLBTR Projects Burnett and Byrd Will Return to the Pirates
Nov03

MLBTR Projects Burnett and Byrd Will Return to the Pirates

MLBTR released their 2014 top 50 free agents, complete with predictions on where each player will go. The rankings are the key thing here, showing how MLBTR stacks all of the players up against each other. The predictions are just fun, and don’t have a good track record for the Pirates. For example, last year the predictions had the Pirates signing Jeremy Guthrie, with Jason Grilli going to Milwaukee, Francisco Liriano going to...

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Pirates Eager to Sign A. J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes
Oct31

Pirates Eager to Sign A. J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes

Tom Singer has some free agent updates for the Pirates, highlighted by the Pirates being eager to sign three of their seven free agents: A.J. Burnett, Marlon Byrd, and Clint Barmes. Singer notes that the Pirates will likely make Burnett a qualifying offer, but that they don’t need to rush negotiations since he’s deciding between the Pirates and retiring. He also says that Neal Huntington could push hard to re-sign Barmes...

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Pirates Currently Unlikely to Offer Justin Morneau a Contract
Oct31

Pirates Currently Unlikely to Offer Justin Morneau a Contract

Major League Baseball players became free agents today, with their former teams having an exclusive five day negotiating window before those free agents can receive offers from other teams. For the Pirates, that means they can make offers to any of their seven free agents to try and bring them back for the following season. One person who won’t be getting an offer during this five day window is Justin Morneau, per Travis Sawchik...

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The Angels Would Trade Mark Trumbo For Pitching
Oct29

The Angels Would Trade Mark Trumbo For Pitching

Buster Olney reported today that Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo is available for pitching. The Angels want pitching,and sources say they've indicated a willingness to other teams to trade Peter Bourjos or/and Mark Trumbo to get it. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 29, 2013 That news already has Pirates fans salivating, since the Pirates have a need at first base, a need in the middle of the order, and have a lot of...

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The Posting Process For Japanese Players Could Change
Oct28

The Posting Process For Japanese Players Could Change

Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball are working on a new posting agreement, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post. The new agreement could be in place by November 1st, which is this Friday, and could bring some slight changes to the posting process. Sherman notes that only one team will win the rights to negotiate with players, although it is possible that the player could have his choice between the top 2-3...

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