• Pirates Interested in Rick Porcello

    The Detroit Tigers signed Anibal Sanchez today, which has led to a lot of speculation that Rick Porcello could become available in a trade. Jim Bowden reports that the Pirates are one of the teams interested in Porcello. http://twitter.com/JimBowdenESPNxm/status/279651457270177792 There's been a lot of match making rumors involving the Pirates and the...

  • Pirates Have Shown Interest in Shin-Soo Choo, Who May Be Going to the Reds

    An interesting note from Jayson Stark today: http://twitter.com/jaysonst/status/278571839180128256 That four team deal seems dead, considering James Shields has already been traded. Shields was one of the big names mentioned in the trade, and was just dealt to the Royals. The Indians were one of the four teams rumored to be involved with...

  • Pirates Continue to Discuss Trading Hanrahan

    Prior to signing Jason Grilli, there were rumors that the Pittsburgh Pirates were shopping Joel Hanrahan. After the signing of Grilli, a Hanrahan deal only made more sense. Jayson Stark reports that the team continues to talk about dealing Hanrahan after the signing. http://twitter.com/jaysonst/status/278571011954335744 I've seen the Dodgers and Tigers mentioned many...

  • 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...

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