The Justin Upton Rumors Are Back

During the summer, there were rumors that the Arizona Diamondbacks were shopping Justin Upton. The Pittsburgh Pirates were one of the teams linked to Upton, although nothing came of the rumors and Arizona kept their young outfielder. In what seems to be an off-season tradition, the rumors that the Diamondbacks are shopping Upton have started again. Once again, the Pirates are involved, only this time as more of a darkhorse candidate....

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The Market for Starting Pitchers — Free Agents, Non-Tenders, and Trades

A look at the starting pitcher options available in free agency, non tenders, and potential trades.

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The Market for First Basemen/Corner Outfielders — Free Agents, Non-Tenders, Trades

A look at the trade, free agent, and non-tender markets for 1B/OF.

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The Market for Catchers – Free Agents, Non-Tenders, Trades

A look at the trade, free agent, and non-tender markets for potential catchers.

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Russell Martin Is a Symbol of the Weak Catching Market

Russell Martin didn’t have a season like Rod Barajas had in 2012, but he wasn’t exactly elite. The catcher hit for a .211 average and a .713 OPS, which was almost 90 points higher than Barajas. Those numbers don’t look like an elite catcher, but that doesn’t mean Martin won’t be a highly sought after target on the free agent market. In perhaps the biggest sign of how weak the catching market is, Jon...

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Pirates Looking at Red Sox Relievers

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe (via MLBTR), the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at the bullpen of the Boston Red Sox. MLBTR points out that Vicente Padilla is one of the few pending free agents in Boston’s bullpen, and that most of the relievers are under control beyond the 2012 season, which might make them less likely to be dealt. If the Pirates made a trade, the player acquired wouldn’t be eligible for the...

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