Zack Thornton is an Option For the Astros in the Rule 5 Draft
Dec09

Zack Thornton is an Option For the Astros in the Rule 5 Draft

The Houston Astros pick first in the 2013 Rule 5 draft on Thursday, and according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, they have narrowed their list to ten players for that first choice. One of those players, according to Drellich, is Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Zack Thornton. The Pirates acquired Thornton last December in a trade that sent Chris Resop to the Oakland Athletics. He started his season in Bradenton, but quickly...

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Pirates Checked in on Bronson Arroyo
Dec08

Pirates Checked in on Bronson Arroyo

Rob Biertempfel has a preview of the Winter Meetings for the Pittsburgh Pirates, detailing the positions of need for the team this off-season. In the starting pitching section, Biertempfel mentions that the Pirates have checked in on Bronson Arroyo. Arroyo is a free agent, coming off a season with a 3.79 ERA in 202 innings, along with a 5.5 K/9 and a 1.5 BB/9. That followed a 2012 season where he had almost identical numbers, posting...

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Mike Napoli Signs With Boston
Dec06

Mike Napoli Signs With Boston

Earlier this week we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates viewed Mike Napoli as the perfect fit for first base. The rumor was kind of in the same way that Clayton Kershaw would be the perfect fit for the starting rotation. It’s true, but the odds of Napoli going to the Pirates were slim to none. Now they’re just none, as Napoli has re-signed with the Red Sox. Napoli two years, $32 million with #RedSox. — Ken Rosenthal...

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Pirates are Still Talking With A.J. Burnett
Dec06

Pirates are Still Talking With A.J. Burnett

Clint Hurdle was on 93.7 The Fan this afternoon and said that there is still a chance that the Pirates could sign the right-hander. Hurdle tells @937theFan the team is having dialogue with A.J. Burnett: "There's still a chance." Hurdle also said team has a deadline — Dan Zangrilli (@DanZangrilli) December 6, 2013 This gives a good opportunity to analyze where Burnett currently stands. At the beginning of the...

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Garrett Jones Nearing a Deal With the Marlins
Dec06

Garrett Jones Nearing a Deal With the Marlins

The Miami Marlins are nearing a two year deal with Garrett Jones, according to Ken Rosenthal. Source: #Marlins closing in on 1B Garrett Jones. Could be two-year deal. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 6, 2013 This deal would almost certainly mean that Logan Morrison is available via trade. Earlier this week I wrote that the first base market is now looking like a buyer’s market. I think this set of moves only adds...

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Pirates are in on David Price Trade Market
Dec04

Pirates are in on David Price Trade Market

  Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says that the trade market for David Price is about to heat up, and names the Pittsburgh Pirates as a team that has an interest and that can put together a package to acquire Price. Passan also mentions the Mariners, Dodgers, Angels, Rangers, Diamondbacks, and Blue Jays. With all of those teams involved, it doesn’t seem that the Pirates would be any sort of favorites. In fact, Passan says that...

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