Reed Johnson Traded, But Not to the Pirates

UPDATE 11:03 PM: Johnson goes to the Braves, along with Paul Maholm, per Jon Morosi. UPDATE 10:35 PM: Bill Brink reports that the Pirates weren’t the team to add Johnson. UPDATE 10:33 PM: Rob Biertempfel reports that it is unlikely the Pirates have acquired Johnson. UPDATE 10:31 PM: Ken Rosenthal reports that Johnson and Soto were in separate deals. UPDATE 10:27 PM: Jon Heyman reports that Johnson has been traded, but that...

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Pirates Don’t Seem Alive on Victorino

Ken Rosenthal had the following tweet this morning about the Pittsburgh Pirates and Shane Victorino. Things can change quickly over next 31 hours, but #Pirates did not seem alive on Victorino as of late last night. #Phillies — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2012 As Rosenthal notes, things could change between now and tomorrow’s deadline. The news is a bit surprising, as we’ve heard the Pirates connected to...

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Pirates Inquired about Shin-Soo Choo

According to Rob Biertempel on Twitter (via MLBTR), the Indians and Pirates have discussed the particulars of a trade for Shin-Soo Choo.  Biertempel speculates that the Pirates would have to part with Starling Marte to make the trade happen. Choo has one year of team control left in 2013 before heading to free agency as a Scott Boras client.  The 30 year-old Choo has a .295/.382/.489 triple slash line this year with 12 HR’s....

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Saturday Trade Rumors: Victorino, Headley, Marte, Padres, West Virginia

A few days remaining until the trade deadline. Here are the rumors from Saturday. **Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the trade buzz surrounding Shane Victorino has picked up. Salisbury names the Pirates, Reds, Dodgers, and Giants as teams who are interested and who are currently scouting Victorino. **Jayson Stark of ESPN.com notes that the Pirates are portraying themselves as a team that is content with Starling Marte, and...

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Pirates Not Optimistic About Finding a Hitter

Ken Rosenthal has the following update on the Pittsburgh Pirates’ search for a hitter. #Pirates not currently optimistic about their search for a hitter. Few available, prices high. Plenty of time for that to change. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 27, 2012 We’ve heard the Pirates linked to almost every hitter who is available on the market, and some hitters who aren’t really mentioned as being available....

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Pirates Less Interested in Chase Headley

Jayson Stark has the latest on Chase Headley here. Stark says that the Pirates, Indians, Athletics, and Orioles were the teams who have been the most aggressive for the San Diego Padres’ third baseman. Stark notes that the Pirates and Indians seem less motivated to do a Headley deal now than they would over the winter. He also noted that Oakland and Baltimore haven’t backed off. Stark used the term “megadeal”...

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