• 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...

  • Pirates Shopping Hanrahan to the Dodgers, Others?

    Earlier today Buster Olney had the following note about closer Joel Hanrahan in his daily article. If the Pirates are ready to trade Joel Hanrahan, the Dodgers are ready to discuss and have starting pitching to offer (like Chris Capuano). But the fact that Pittsburgh agreed to terms with Martin probably means that the...

  • Pirates Trying to Retain Grilli

    Ken Rosenthal has an update on the Pirates and Jason Grilli. https://mobile.twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/2745601049620848644 Grilli would probably require a two year deal. He'd be a great option for the Pirates as a closer if they deal Joel Hanrahan this off season. As a set up man he would be expensive for the Pirates, since...

  • Russell Martin Rumors: Thursday

    A few updates on Russell Martin today. **Yesterday we heard a report that the Pirates offered $25 M over three years. Later we heard that amount was high. George A. King III of The New York Post says that the Pirates offered two years initially, then moved to a three year, $22 M offer....

  • Report: Pirates Offering $25 M for Russell Martin

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has an update on the Russell Martin bidding, noting that the Pirates and Yankees seem to be the leaders in the race. He notes that the Pirates actually may have the high bid at the moment. Word going around is that the Pirates might come in with...

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