Pirates Will Address the Bullpen After Francisco Liriano Deal is Finalized
Dec09

Pirates Will Address the Bullpen After Francisco Liriano Deal is Finalized

After the news today that the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed to a three-year deal with Francisco Liriano, there were rumors saying that they could start focusing on Edinson Volquez, and that they would turn to the bullpen. Rob Biertempfel had two tweets tonight, saying that they aren’t likely to seek another starting pitcher, and will focus on the bullpen. He also had an interesting update on what kind of offer they could make for a...

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Pirates Searching the Trade Market For Lefty Relievers, Also Like RHP Pat Neshek
Dec09

Pirates Searching the Trade Market For Lefty Relievers, Also Like RHP Pat Neshek

According to Jon Morosi, the Pittsburgh Pirates are searching the trade market for left-handed relief help. Pirates checking trade market for LH relief options. Tony Watson is their only proven LH reliever after the Justin Wilson deal. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 9, 2014 As Morosi points out, the team dealt away Justin Wilson, leaving Tony Watson as their only remaining lefty in the bullpen. They’ve got some...

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With Liriano Signed, Attention Now Turned to Edinson Volquez
Dec09

With Liriano Signed, Attention Now Turned to Edinson Volquez

Just after the Pittsburgh Pirates came to an agreement with Francisco Liriano for three years, Jon Heyman is reporting that they are now turning their attention to re-signing Edinson Volquez. The Pirates already signed A.J. Burnett earlier this off-season, so they seem serious about solidifying their five-man rotation, which also includes Gerrit Cole and eventually Charlie Morton, once he returns from his hip surgery. Vance Worley...

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Notes: Trade Targets, Lindblom Role, Liz Deal Holdup, Completing the Rodriguez Deal
Dec08

Notes: Trade Targets, Lindblom Role, Liz Deal Holdup, Completing the Rodriguez Deal

There weren’t many big rumors surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates in today’s Winter Meetings. That’s not unexpected, since their main focus will be adding a starting pitcher, and the starting pitching market won’t open up until Jon Lester signs, which could be in the next day. Here are the smaller scale updates from day one of the Winter Meetings. **Rob Biertempfel says that the Pirates inquired on Jeff...

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Jon Lester Nearing the Finish Line, Which Would Open Up the Starting Pitching Market
Dec08

Jon Lester Nearing the Finish Line, Which Would Open Up the Starting Pitching Market

The starting pitching market could open up soon. Currently everything is being delayed by Jon Lester, whose signing will set the pitching market. Buster Olney says that a deal could happen in the next day. Lester talks nearing the finish line, sources say. Choice will be made no earlier than tonight, no later than tomorrow. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 8, 2014 The main need for the Pirates is a starting pitcher for the...

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Pirates Rumored to Be Interested in Francisco Liriano For Just Three Years
Dec08

Pirates Rumored to Be Interested in Francisco Liriano For Just Three Years

Yesterday, Buster Olney wrote that the tipping point for the Francisco Liriano bidding could come down to three or four years. Liriano might have difficulty finding a team to give him four years, due to his lack of consistency, and the fact that he has never pitched 200 innings. He hasn’t pitched more than 162 innings in each of his last five years, and has only topped that total once, throwing 191.2 innings in 2010. Nick...

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