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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Qualifying Offer For Free Agents Reportedly Increases
Oct11

Qualifying Offer For Free Agents Reportedly Increases

Joel Sherman of the NY Post hears that the qualifying offer for pending free agents will increase this year to $14.1 M, up from $13.3 M. I heard qualifying offer for free agents this offseason is going to be $14.1M, up from $13.3M last year. Impacts Cano, Grandy, etc #Yankees — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) October 11, 2013 If you’re unfamiliar with the process, teams can issue a qualifying offer to a player who is about to...

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Pirates Still Trying For Justin Morneau
Aug31

Pirates Still Trying For Justin Morneau

Dan Zangrilli of 93.7 The Fan reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are still trying for Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau. Sources close to team: Bucs "Trying like hell" to land Morneau. Player cost is too high for one month. Bucs would eat salary, though. — Dan Zangrilli (@DanZangrilli) August 31, 2013 The Pirates were willing to give up a high player cost for Marlon Byrd, so they must not see Morneau as the...

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Pirates Have Been the Most Aggressive Team Claiming Players
Aug29

Pirates Have Been the Most Aggressive Team Claiming Players

Here is an interesting note from Danny Knobler of CBS Sports: Orioles active on waiver wire, but teams say the Pirates have been the most aggressive claiming team this month. — Danny Knobler (@DannyKnoblerCBS) August 29, 2013 The reference to the Orioles follows the news that they won claims on Josh Willingham and Michael Morse. However, the note on the Pirates is the most relevant here. Obviously we know that the Pirates...

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