Pirates Have Expressed Interest in Jon Lester and Jason Vargas

As per Nick Cafardo’s Sunday column in the Boston Globe, Jon Lester has “been on the Pirates’ radar” along with the usual suspects of Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels, Matt Garza, and Ryan Dempster.  Carfardo goes on to say that, “It doesn’t appear the Sox would deal unless they got exceptional value back, and it doesn’t appear the Pirates would part with pitching prospect Gerrit Cole, whom the Sox would...

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Pirates Looking to Add a Bat at the Deadline

Despite Pittsburgh seeing a huge surge on offense since the month of June, the Pirates are still looking to acquire a bat by the trade deadline. Manager Clint Hurdle said that even though the club has been better offensively, it has not changed their decision to actively pursue at the trade deadline. “We’re in a buying mode,” Hurdle said. “I think we need to be optimistic, but realistic on who are, what we are,...

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Pirates Have Had Very Few Conversations About Upton

Jim Bowden of ESPN has an article up looking at five trade proposals for Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bowden starts off by mentioning that the Pittsburgh Pirates have had very few conversations with Diamondbacks’ GM Kevin Towers. Bowden notes that Neal Huntington called Towers, but it doesn’t sound any different from the calls he made to every other team shopping players. Bowden also notes what we heard...

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Justin Upton Rumors: Wednesday

A lot of Justin Upton rumors over the last 24 hours from Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. **Yesterday, Piecoro said that the Pittsburgh Pirates were interested in Upton, but that they don’t match up well with the Diamondbacks. **Piecoro also said in that article that the Diamondbacks still valued Upton as a star, and wouldn’t move him for 75 cents on the dollar. **Today, Piecoro looks at the reasoning behind trading...

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How Much Trade Value Does Brad Lincoln Have?

Yesterday, Rob Biertempfel reported that Arizona and San Diego had some degree of interest in Brad Lincoln for deals for Justin Upton and Carlos Quentin. Lincoln has been putting up strong numbers this year, mostly out of the bullpen, although he’s also shown the ability to start, if needed. He’s got five years of control remaining after this season, and will likely be Super Two eligible in 2014, as he will finish the 2012...

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Monday Trade Rumors: Upton, Quentin, Prospects

Catching up on some Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors today. **Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates, Reds, Indians and others have expressed interest in Carlos Quentin of the San Diego Padres. We’ve heard the Pirates connected to Quentin before. Heyman mentions that the Padres would have to get a return that would be better than a compensation pick, although I don’t think Quentin would be a candidate for a pick....

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