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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Pirates Open to Discussing an Extension With Neil Walker
Nov11

Pirates Open to Discussing an Extension With Neil Walker

Jon Morosi reports that Neal Huntington says the Pittsburgh Pirates are open to discussing an extension with second baseman Neil Walker. Pirates GM Neal Huntington indicated today that the team is open to discussing an extension with Neil Walker this offseason. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 11, 2013 I wrote last month that there is no need to extend Walker. The Pirates have him under team control for the next three seasons,...

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Burnett Hasn’t Given Pirates Any Indication on His Plans
Nov11

Burnett Hasn’t Given Pirates Any Indication on His Plans

Jon Morosi reports that A.J. Burnett hasn’t given the Pittsburgh Pirates any indication on his plans for the 2014 season. A.J. Burnett has not given Pirates any indication as to whether he will pitch in 2014 or retire, according to GM Neal Huntington. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 11, 2013 Pirates seem likely to add starter from outside if Burnett retires/leaves, although Wandy Rodriguez is expected to be healthy....

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Jim Benedict Turns Down the Phillies
Nov06

Jim Benedict Turns Down the Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have been seeking a new pitching coach, and in their search they were granted permission to talk with Jim Benedict, who is a Special Assistant to General Manager Neal Huntington. Last week there was word that Benedict impressed the Phillies in his interview, while a group of other candidates were either ruled out or removed their names from consideration. Yesterday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reported that...

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More Free Agency Rankings and Salary Predictions
Nov05

More Free Agency Rankings and Salary Predictions

If you’ve missed the previous free agent rankings and predictions, check out these articles: **Keith Law Releases His Top 50 Free Agents **MLBTR Projects Burnett and Byrd Will Return to the Pirates Today there are three more lists that came out, with some predictions on where players will go, and some salary predictions. Below are the newest lists. Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports Passan’s list is a basic ranking, but it includes...

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