• Conflicting Reports on Whether Jason Grilli Has Signed

    Peter Gammons has the latest on the Jason Grilli watch. http://twitter.com/pgammo/status/276694427152568320 It looks like the Pirates are in the final four, although I'd be surprised if they went to three years. It would be surprising if any team went to three years, considering Grilli's age. Then again, teams are handing out three...

  • Winter Meeting Notes: Oliver, Rule 5

    Two links for you this morning, as the 2012 MLB Winter Meetings are close to wrapping up. **Jason Beck of MLB.com has an article on the Andy Oliver trade. In the article he quotes Dave Dombrowski, who notes that Oliver had trouble throwing strikes. Dombrowski also noted that a change in scenery...

  • Jason Grilli Wading Through Offers; Pirates Made Their Offer

    You could either file that headline under "Pointing Out the Obvious Possibilities" or "Most Vague News Ever". In this case it's more of the latter. Jason Grilli tweeted the following early this morning. https://twitter.com/GrillCheese49/status/276281402834702337 Based on those comments, we can only assume that he's heading to Nashville to sign a deal. Tom...

  • Pirates Interested in Manny Parra

    We've already heard that the Pirates are interested in left-handed pitcher Manny Parra, among other recently non-tendered pitchers. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had an update on Twitter, pointing out that the Pirates and the Mets were both interested in Parra. As I noted last night, Parra would be an interesting...

  • Pirates Aiming High With Garrett Jones Trade Talks

    We've heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Seattle Mariners have been talking about Garrett Jones. The first offer we heard about involved Jones and Joel Hanrahan going to Seattle for Justin Smoak, John Jaso, and Hector Noesi. Rob Biertempfel reports that the Pirates asked for top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker in exchange...

  • Winter Meeting Notes: Big Moves, Grilli, Jones, McPherson

    A few notes as day one of the winter meetings is coming to a close. **If you're expecting a big follow up move to the Russell Martin signing, it doesn't seem like it will happen this week, or possibly at all. Rob Biertempfel has the following from Neal Huntington. https://twitter.com/BiertempfelTrib/status/275742500331876352 **A few...

  • Joel Hanrahan’s Trade Market

    Earlier today, Rob Biertempfel had a note about two American League teams who said no thanks to trading for Joel Hanrahan. Biertempfel follows that up with a good rundown of Hanrahan's trade market. He notes that the Pirates have been shopping Hanrahan for several weeks now. He also mentions that one scout...

  • Garrett Jones and the Orioles: Actual Rumors or Connecting the Dots?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are shopping Garrett Jones. The Baltimore Orioles are looking for a power bat. There are a lot of articles coming out about the Orioles possibly being interested in Jones. It's hard to tell if these are based on any actual discussions, or if it's a case of people connecting...

  • Pirates Interested in John Lannan

    Rob Biertempfel reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in left-hander John Lannan. The lefty was recently non-tendered by the Washington Nationals, and Biertempfel speculates that he could take a one year, $3 M deal. Lannan isn't the most attractive free agent option, but I've always felt he would make sense for...

  • Seattle Interested in Garrett Jones

      Seattle is interested in Garrett Jones. - Photo by Mark Olson Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Seattle Mariners have shown interest in Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones (via MLBTR). Baker says that the Mariners and Pirates have had talks in the weeks leading up to these...

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