Pirates Considered Strong Front Runners For Brian Wilson
Jul29

Pirates Considered Strong Front Runners For Brian Wilson

Bob Nightengale of USA Today has an update on Brian Wilson. Former #SFGiants closer Brian Wilson has 5 offers-from 4 NL teams and 1 AL team with #Pirates and #Dbacks considered strong front runners. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 29, 2013 We heard about Wilson last Thursday. Nate Barnes wrote about him here. I talked about how you can never have too much depth, and while the Pirates don’t need him, it definitely...

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Brian Wilson a possibility for Pirates?
Jul25

Brian Wilson a possibility for Pirates?

According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Pirates were one of a number of teams “represented” at a throwing session in Los Angeles Thursday afternoon featuring former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson. Reports from a scout detail Wilson, coming off the second Tommy John surgery of his career, throwing between 90-93 miles per hour and saying Wilson is “not far away” after not pitching in a game in...

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Nate Schierholtz and Alex Rios Top the Pirates’ Wish List
Jul25

Nate Schierholtz and Alex Rios Top the Pirates’ Wish List

It looks like right field is the priority for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago (via MLBTR) says that the Pirates have been watching outfielder Nate Schierholtz for more than a month. He also says that they have had Schierholtz and Chicago White Sox outfielder Alex Rios at the top of their wish list. We’ve heard about the Pirates being interested in both outfielders. Rob Biertempfel of the Trib reported about...

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The High Asking Price For Alexei Ramirez
Jul24

The High Asking Price For Alexei Ramirez

We’ve heard the Pittsburgh Pirates loosely linked to Chicago White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez this year. Today, Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune (via MLBTR) said that the White Sox turned down a trade offer from the Cardinals which would have sent right-hander Carlos Martinez to the White Sox for Ramirez. Baseball America had Martinez as the 24th best prospect in the game in their mid-season rankings. They had Jameson...

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Cubs Get a Big Return From the Rangers For Matt Garza
Jul22

Cubs Get a Big Return From the Rangers For Matt Garza

The Chicago Cubs traded Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers today, first reported by Ken Rosenthal. The initial deal from Rosenthal looked big. Source: #Cubs will acquire Triple A IF Mike Olt, Single A RHP C.J. Edwards and a third player from #Rangers for Garza. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 22, 2013 Jess Passan added the third piece going to Chicago, and said there’s also a player to be named later. Final deal: Cubs...

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Pirates Are the “Team Du Jour” For Matt Garza
Jul21

Pirates Are the “Team Du Jour” For Matt Garza

The Pittsburgh Pirates are the “team du jour” for Chicago Cubs starter, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. If you don’t know what that means, perhaps this will help. Wittenmyer points out that Neal Huntington suggested this afternoon that he has sought pitching, and said he has the flexibility to add payroll within reason. It sounds more like speculation and connecting the dots, but we do know...

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