• Is This the 2002-2003 Off-Season All Over Again?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates had one of their best off-seasons in 2002-2003 from a free agency standpoint. I feel that disclaimer is necessary because while the Pirates made some strong free agent signings that off-season, they also lost Chris Young and Bronson Arroyo for nothing during the same off-season. The Pirates did have...

  • Pirates Unlikely to See a First Base Upgrade

    Two pieces of news recently came out which point to the Pittsburgh Pirates missing out on a chance to land a first base upgrade. First was the talk that Derrek Lee might opt for retirement if he doesn't get the right deal between now and Spring Training. Lee remains unsigned, and isn't...

  • Trade Targets: Brandon Allen

    The Oakland Athletics are shopping first baseman Brandon Allen, according to Jerry Crasnick, due to their excess number of first base candidates. MLBTR mentions the Pirates as a team that would be a fit for Allen. The connection seems to be based off the fact that the Pirates are looking for a...

  • Olney: Prices of Veteran Free Agent Pitchers Dropping

    Buster Olney tweeted the following this afternoon: The asking prices have come down significantly for veteran FA starters: Oswalt (said to be at $8m), Kuroda (10-11m), Edwin Jackson. Neal Huntington has stated that he is comfortable with the starting pitching currently on the roster, but if this report is true, he should...

  • Pirates Will Not Scout Vicente Padilla

    According to a Nicaraguan newspaper (link is in Spanish) Vicente Padilla will be scouted by Rene Gayo and the Pittsburgh Pirates next week, possibly during his next start down in Nicaragua. Padilla pitched just nine relief games this past season for the Los Angeles Dodgers before going on the DL with a...

  • Pirates Expressed Interest in A.J. Burnett

    Ken Rosenthal has an update on the New York Yankees trying to deal starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, and notes that the Pittsburgh Pirates expressed interest at one point (h/t Bucs Dugout). Rosenthal reports that the Yankees haven't had any success trying to move Burnett, who is owed $16.5 M a year for...

  • Free Agent Rumors: Paul Maholm, Dan Wheeler

    Two Pittsburgh Pirates free agent rumors, after a few weeks of little to no news: -Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates have had discussions with Paul Maholm, although a return seems unlikely. Kovacevic mentions that the Pirates are looking to upgrade the rotation, but that those additions will probably come from non-roster...

  • Could the Pirates Afford Edwin Jackson?

      Edwin Jackson is looking for a five year deal at $12 M a year. At the start of the off-season I had Edwin Jackson listed as a pitcher that I liked, but one that I never thought would be a possibility for the Pittsburgh Pirates. A few weeks ago I pointed...

  • Padres Might Take Cash For Ludwick

    Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune held a chat today (h/t MLBTR), and a question was brought up about the San Diego Padres' return for Ryan Ludwick. The Pittsburgh Pirates received Ludwick for a player to be named later back in July, although the player has yet to be named. Center reports...

  • DK: Top Priority is a Starting Pitcher

    Dejan Kovacevic has a small update on the off-season plans for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He mentions that there's money to spend, and that he hears the top priority is a starting pitcher. Last week I pointed out that the Pirates have $7-10 M to spend. I also mentioned that the Pirates need...

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