Pirates Won’t Pay A.J. Burnett Market Rate
Nov25

Pirates Won’t Pay A.J. Burnett Market Rate

  Tom Singer has an update on A.J. Burnett, which has been pretty much like the previous updates. The Pirates are still waiting on Burnett to decide if he’s going to retire or return, and Neal Huntington says the Pirates can’t pay him market-value money. To the latter issue, we knew the Pirates weren’t going to pay him market rate when they declined to make him a qualifying offer. That offer would have been for...

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A Platoon at First Base Seems Most Likely For the Pirates
Nov25

A Platoon at First Base Seems Most Likely For the Pirates

The Pirates have employed a platoon at first base in each of the last two years, trying to find a right-handed hitter to pair with Garrett Jones. Now it seems they’re in the opposite situation. They added Gaby Sanchez at the 2012 trade deadline, and saw Sanchez put up great numbers against lefties in 2013. However, Jones struggled, and was designated for assignment today. The move today didn’t really change any future...

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Pirates Have Checked On Rafael Furcal
Nov25

Pirates Have Checked On Rafael Furcal

Travis Sawchik reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have checked on free agent shortstop Rafael Furcal, according to his agent. The Pirates are one of eight teams to check in on free agent SS Rafael Furcal, according to his agent — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) November 25, 2013 Furcal last played in the majors in 2012, after missing the 2013 season with Tommy John surgery. He’s had some mixed results defensively, with...

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NL Central News: Cardinals Trade Freese for Bourjos
Nov22

NL Central News: Cardinals Trade Freese for Bourjos

The St. Louis Cardinals made a trade this afternoon, sending third baseman David Freese to the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for outfielder Peter Bourjos. The two sides also swapped additional players, with the Angels getting Fernando Salas and the Cardinals getting Randal Grichuk, according to Ken Rosenthal, who first reported the trade. #Angels getting Salas along with Freese from #STLCards. Freese and Salas for Bourjos and...

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Pirates Checked on Lance Berkman
Nov21

Pirates Checked on Lance Berkman

It seems that pursuing players who are considering retirement is the new market inefficiency. The Pittsburgh Pirates checked on Lance Berkman, according to Travis Sawchik, but were told that he’s leaning toward retirement. Pirates made a call on Lance Berkman but agent says he's leaning toward retirement — Travis Sawchik (@Sawchik_Trib) November 21, 2013 Berkman is at the end of his career, and has been on a decline....

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Josh Johnson Signs With the Padres
Nov19

Josh Johnson Signs With the Padres

According to Jerry Crasnick, Josh Johnson has signed a one year, $8 M deal with the San Diego Padres. Pitcher Josh Johnson signs one-year, guaranteed $8M deal with #padres. http://t.co/v7ub77GhWs — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) November 20, 2013 Earlier today we heard that Johnson had the Pirates as one of 3-4 finalists, but that he preferred San Diego or San Francisco due to the proximity to his home in Las Vegas. The $8 M deal...

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