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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The Reds Intend to Trade Brandon Phillips This Off-Season
Oct18

The Reds Intend to Trade Brandon Phillips This Off-Season

The rivalry between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds saw a boost this season. A big reason for this was that the Pirates were competitive, and were competing with the Reds for the Wild Card spot. They swept Cincinnati in the final weekend of the series to get home field advantage in the Wild Card game. That was followed by a win at PNC Park in the Wild Card game, eliminating the Reds and leading to Dusty Baker getting...

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Jose Abreu Expected to Be Finalizing Deal With the White Sox
Oct17

Jose Abreu Expected to Be Finalizing Deal With the White Sox

If yesterday’s news about Jose Abreu didn’t signal that the Pittsburgh Pirates aren’t in the running, then today’s news will. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the Cuban first baseman has narrowed his list down to three teams. Those teams are the Astros, Red Sox, and White Sox. Sanchez says the deal could be in the $70 M range, which is the same as what Buster Olney reported yesterday. Abreu’s bat and...

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James Loney Makes the Most Sense For the Pirates at First Base
Oct17

James Loney Makes the Most Sense For the Pirates at First Base

Throughout the off-season, I will be previewing the available free agents at a few positions of need for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The purpose of these articles is to explore the free agent market, and in my case, to dig deeper into the players who are available. I spend so much time focusing on the players in the Pirates system that I don’t get a lot of time to dig deep into the numbers for other players around the league. So my...

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Jose Abreu Bidding Expected to Reach $70 M
Oct16

Jose Abreu Bidding Expected to Reach $70 M

Buster Olney reports that bidding on Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu is expected to be for $70 M. Bidding on Cuba defector Jose Abreu is expected to be for a $70 million deal, sources say. White Sox,Astros, Rangers viewed as frontrunners. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 16, 2013 Olney also says that the White Sox, Rangers, and Astros are the front runners in that update. Tim Dierkes of MLBTR profiled Abreu yesterday, and...

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