• Do the Pirates Need to Trade For Pitching?

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe had a note on the pitching situation in Pittsburgh, suggesting they "have to be interested" in trading for Bud Norris with the recent injury to Wandy Rodriguez. 1. Bud Norris, RHP, Astros — Quickly moving into the No. 1 spot of pitchers who might be moved now...

  • Reid Brignac Traded to the Yankees

    Jon Heyman tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Minnesota Twins are two teams who could have interest in infielder Reid Brignac. https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/335436560768049153 Brignac was recently designated for assignment by the Colorado Rockies after hitting for a .250/.294/.375 line in 48 at-bats. In his career in the majors he has a .228/.270/.321...

  • Pirates Relief Pitching Prospects Drawing Interest?

    Vic Black (pictured) and Duke Welker were seen by ten teams this weekend. Peter Gammons (via Will Flemming on Twitter) said on MLB Network that 10 teams were at Victory Field this weekend, looking at Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitching prospects Vic Black and Duke Welker. https://twitter.com/WillFlemming/status/334388745497370626 Both Black and Welker are hard...

  • Is Gaby Sanchez Available?

    Is Gaby Sanchez really available? Ever since the New York Yankees lost Mark Teixeira, there have been plenty of rumors connecting the Pirates to the Yankees. Most of those rumors seem to be of the message board type. One team has a need, the other team has a strength in that area,...

  • Francisco Liriano Deal Still on Track

    Earlier today we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates want to sign both Francisco Liriano and Jonathan Sanchez. Jon Heyman has an update, saying the Liriano deal is still on track. https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/298987532572569600 It doesn't seem like we'll have a conclusion to this any time soon, but today's news confirms that the Pirates haven't...

  • Pirates Want to Sign Both Liriano and Sanchez

    The either/or question with Francisco Liriano and Jonathan Sanchez seems to have an answer. Tom Singer had an update on Twitter, saying Neal Huntington wants to sign both left-handers. https://twitter.com/Tom_Singer/status/298874909516521472 That's obviously a good thing, since both players have some upside, and the addition of Sanchez would add more rotation depth. I...

  • Pirates Close to Deal With Jonathan Sanchez

    According to Jon Heyman, the Pittsburgh Pirates are close to a deal with left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/298568579455004672 Sanchez missed time last year with a biceps injury. He only made 15 starts, putting up a pretty alarming 8.07 ERA in 64.2 innings. His xFIP was better at 6.46, but not good. The lefty...

  • The Latest Delay on Francisco Liriano

    Back on December 21st, we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates agreed on a two-year deal with left-handed pitcher Francisco Liriano. After a long delay, it was reported that Liriano hurt his right arm after the agreement, which was holding up the deal. Later it was learned that Liriano broke his humerus, apparently...

  • Francisco Liriano Could Be on a Minor League Deal

    Tom Singer has an article on the Pirates.com homepage about the non-roster invitees for Spring Training. In the article he has an interesting note about Francisco Liriano. The Bucs' NRI list currently includes 17, and there is at least one more on the way: Indications are that Francisco Liriano -- when all...

  • Pirates Interested in Shaun Marcum

    Earlier this evening, Jon Morosi reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates were still talking with Francisco Liriano. Morosi followed up with a tweet noting that the Pirates were one of the teams interested in free agent Shaun Marcum. https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/290701337002389504 It would seem that the Pirates aren't locked in with Liriano, especially if they're...

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