• International Updates: Cespedes, Chen, Wada

    Rob Biertempfel has a few updates on some international free agents via Twitter: -He mentions that the Pirates have interest in Yoenis Cespedes, but that they will quickly back away if the bidding gets crazy. -The Pirates have interest in left handers Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada, according to Biertempfel.  This is...

  • Pirates Would Listen on Andrew McCutchen

    Keith Law of ESPN hears that the Pittsburgh Pirates don't consider Andrew McCutchen untouchable, and would listen to offers for the center fielder.  McCutchen just finished his second full season in the majors, hitting for a .259/.364/.456 line with 23 homers in 572 at-bats.  He's currently the only impact player on the...

  • Pirates Interested in Aaron Cook

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of six teams who have shown preliminary interest in right handed pitcher Aaron Cook, according to Bill Brink.  Cook has a career 4.53 ERA in over 1300 innings pitched in the majors.  He's never been a guy who can strike out batters, with a career 3.8 K/9...

  • Trade Values: Yonder Alonso

    This past week we heard from Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports that the Cincinnati Reds were shopping first baseman Yonder Alonso for pitching, looking for a starter and a closer.  That last part definitely piqued the interest of Pittsburgh Pirates fans, especially those who would like to see the team capitalize on...

  • Pirates Close to Two Year Deal For Barmes

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are the leaders for infield free agent Clint Barmes.  Rosenthal adds that the Giants and Brewers are both involved, and that a two year deal seems likely. We've heard the Pirates and Barmes linked together in the past, although it's mostly been drawing the line...

  • Ryan Doumit Signs With Twins

    According to Jerry Crasnick, Ryan Doumit has signed a deal with the Minnesota Twins for $3 M plus undisclosed performance bonuses.  The move means that the Pirates will get a compensation pick in between the first and second rounds of the 2012 draft.... This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribe...

  • Pirates Looking at Rafael Furcal

    Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at Rafael Furcal and other shortstop options, although Heyman specified that Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins aren't included in the other group. Furcal is definitely the biggest name available after Reyes and Rollins.  He turned 34 last month, and hit...

  • Trade Target – Adam Laroche

    With the Nationals in pursuit of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, is there a chance the Pirates could trade for Adam Laroche if either of those players sign with the Nats?

  • There Will Be Type B Free Agents This Off-Season

    Joel Sherman had a report yesterday that said Major League Baseball would be getting rid of Type B picks as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Sherman tweeted today that he made a mistake, and that there will be Type B free agents this off-season.  He added that some of the...

  • Pirates May Discuss New Deal With Cedeno

    The Pittsburgh Pirates might discuss a new deal with shortstop Ronny Cedeno, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors.  The Pirates declined Cedeno's $3 M option, paying the $200 K buyout instead.  We've also heard that they're looking at Ramon Santiago, so clearly the team is prioritizing defense at shortstop over...

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