• Justin Upton and Overrating Prospects

    So far the morning trade rumors today surround Justin Upton. Not much is new in the talks, although Jon Morosi of FOX Sports takes a detailed look at the Pittsburgh Pirates. Morosi says that the Pirates have remained in contact with Arizona. He notes that Neal Huntington has refused to part with...

  • Monday Trade Rumors: Shane Victorino, Matt Garza, Starling Marte

    Here are a few updates on the trade front, via MLBTR. **The Pirates were one of six teams scouting Matt Garza this weekend, according to ESPN Chicago's Doug Padilla. I wouldn't read much in to it other than due diligence. There's usually a big gap between scouting a player and trying to...

  • Pirates Emerging as Serious Bidders for Justin Upton

    UPDATE 3:51 PM: Jon Heyman is hearing that there's nothing serious with Justin Upton yet. He also says the Pirates are "probably not a fit" and that they won't include Cole or Taillon. UPDATE 1:16 PM: Jon Morosi reports that the Pirates have a scout in Chicago watching Upton this weekend. UPDATE...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Pirates Interested in Justin Upton

    Yesterday we heard from Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports that the Pittsburgh Pirates were interested in Carlos Quentin and Shane Victorino. Today, Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that the Pirates are also interested in Justin Upton. Upton is considered one of the best young players in the game. He's...

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