Pirates Have Shown Interest in Shin-Soo Choo, Who May Be Going to the Reds

An interesting note from Jayson Stark today: Also heard from 2 execs that #Pirates were one of teams on periphery of 4-team trade talks at winter meetings. Had interest in Shin-Soo Choo — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) December 11, 2012 That four team deal seems dead, considering James Shields has already been traded. Shields was one of the big names mentioned in the trade, and was just dealt to the Royals. The Indians were one of the...

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Pirates Continue to Discuss Trading Hanrahan

Prior to signing Jason Grilli, there were rumors that the Pittsburgh Pirates were shopping Joel Hanrahan. After the signing of Grilli, a Hanrahan deal only made more sense. Jayson Stark reports that the team continues to talk about dealing Hanrahan after the signing. After signing Jason Grilli, #Pirates continue to talk about dealing Joel Hanrahan. Among teams with potential match: #Tigers & #Dodgers — Jayson Stark...

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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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