Burnett Hasn’t Given Pirates Any Indication on His Plans
Nov11

Burnett Hasn’t Given Pirates Any Indication on His Plans

Jon Morosi reports that A.J. Burnett hasn’t given the Pittsburgh Pirates any indication on his plans for the 2014 season. A.J. Burnett has not given Pirates any indication as to whether he will pitch in 2014 or retire, according to GM Neal Huntington. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 11, 2013 Pirates seem likely to add starter from outside if Burnett retires/leaves, although Wandy Rodriguez is expected to be healthy....

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Jim Benedict Turns Down the Phillies
Nov06

Jim Benedict Turns Down the Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies have been seeking a new pitching coach, and in their search they were granted permission to talk with Jim Benedict, who is a Special Assistant to General Manager Neal Huntington. Last week there was word that Benedict impressed the Phillies in his interview, while a group of other candidates were either ruled out or removed their names from consideration. Yesterday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reported that...

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More Free Agency Rankings and Salary Predictions
Nov05

More Free Agency Rankings and Salary Predictions

If you’ve missed the previous free agent rankings and predictions, check out these articles: **Keith Law Releases His Top 50 Free Agents **MLBTR Projects Burnett and Byrd Will Return to the Pirates Today there are three more lists that came out, with some predictions on where players will go, and some salary predictions. Below are the newest lists. Jeff Passan, Yahoo Sports Passan’s list is a basic ranking, but it includes...

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Keith Law Releases His Top 50 Free Agents
Nov05

Keith Law Releases His Top 50 Free Agents

Keith Law released his top 50 free agents last night, giving another look at how the players stack up this off-season. MLBTR released their ranking Sunday night, along with predictions. Law didn’t have predictions on where the players would go, but did have a few predictions on what players could land on the open market. Below are some thoughts on Law’s rankings. 10. A.J. Burnett – Law says that his recent track...

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Pirates Don’t Issue a Qualifying Offer For A.J. Burnett
Nov04

Pirates Don’t Issue a Qualifying Offer For A.J. Burnett

The Pittsburgh Pirates won’t extended a qualifying offer to free agent A.J. Burnett, per Jon Heyman. appears no qualifying offer for burnett or morneau from #pirates. $14.1M is a lot for small/mid markets — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 4, 2013 A qualifying offer is a one-year, $14.1 M deal, and if the player rejects it and signs elsewhere, the former team would get a compensation pick.¬†Burnett has been deciding...

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Jim Benedict Reportedly Impressed the Phillies in His Interview
Nov03

Jim Benedict Reportedly Impressed the Phillies in His Interview

Two weeks ago we heard that the Philadelphia Phillies would be interviewing Jim Benedict, who is currently a special advisor to Neal Huntington, and has played a key role working with pitchers like Charlie Morton and Gerrit Cole. Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly hears that Benedict impressed team officials in his interview (h/t RumBunter). Salisbury listed several other candidates who have received interviews, but none of them came with...

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