Conflicting Reports on Whether Jason Grilli Has Signed

Peter Gammons has the latest on the Jason Grilli watch. Jason Grilli will decide between Cubs, Blue Jays, Giants and Pirates at 10 am, or earlier if one goes to 3 years — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) December 6, 2012 It looks like the Pirates are in the final four, although I’d be surprised if they went to three years. It would be surprising if any team went to three years, considering Grilli’s age. Then again, teams are...

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Winter Meeting Notes: Oliver, Rule 5

Two links for you this morning, as the 2012 MLB Winter Meetings are close to wrapping up. **Jason Beck of MLB.com has an article on the Andy Oliver trade. In the article he quotes Dave Dombrowski, who notes that Oliver had trouble throwing strikes. Dombrowski also noted that a change in scenery could help Oliver. **Vlad at Bucs Dugout has a great Rule 5 draft preview, if you’re interested in reading some of the names who are...

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Jason Grilli Wading Through Offers; Pirates Made Their Offer

You could either file that headline under “Pointing Out the Obvious Possibilities” or “Most Vague News Ever”. In this case it’s more of the latter. Jason Grilli tweeted the following early this morning. Early trip to Nashville. Long journey to get to this point but this is what I worked for. Will be a full day. #pumped — Jason Grilli (@GrillCheese49) December 5, 2012 Based on those comments, we can...

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Pirates Interested in Manny Parra

We’ve already heard that the Pirates are interested in left-handed pitcher Manny Parra, among other recently non-tendered pitchers.┬áTom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had an update on Twitter, pointing out that the Pirates and the Mets were both interested in Parra. As I noted last night, Parra would be an interesting option for the bullpen, but his lack of control wouldn’t make it likely that he’d...

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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 for Jones, but that the Pirates were “rebuffed”. Walker was rated the fourth best prospect...

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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. #Pirates GM Huntington re:chance for big move at winter meetings: "For us, biggest move we were going to make this offseason was catcher." — Rob...

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