• A.J. Burnett A Match For the Pirates?

    There has been talk all off-season that the New York Yankees are trying to unload right handed pitcher A.J. Burnett. Recently, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that the Yankees were still trying to deal Burnett so that they could add additional payroll flexibility to retain Eric Chavez and one...

  • Dmitri Young To Work Out At Pirate City Next Week

    PITTSBURGH -- Jim Bowden of ESPN reported today that the Pirates and Manager Clint Hurdle plan on working out first baseman Dmitri Young next week at Pirate City in Bradenton, Florida. Young, 38, hasn’t played in the Majors since 2008 when he hit .280 with four home runs and 10 RBI over...

  • Pirates Will Look At Clay Rapada

    Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates will look into left handed reliever Clay Rapada. Rapada was designated for assignment today by the Baltimore Orioles. If the Pirates were to add him, it would either have to be via a waiver claim, or through a trade. Either way, they'd have...

  • Pirates Made a Three Year Offer to Edwin Jackson

    Last week we heard that Edwin Jackson received a few three year offers before eventually signing a one year, $11 M deal with the Washington Nationals. Ken Rosenthal reports today that the Pirates were one of the teams with a three year offer. Rosenthal tweeted that the Pirates made a three year...

  • Trade Values: John Lannan

    Yesterday the Washington Nationals signed right handed pitcher Edwin Jackson to a one year deal for $10 M. The move gives Washington a strong rotation, with Jackson joining Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, and Gio Gonzalez. Among the news of Jackson's signing was a rumor that the Nationals were aggressively looking to deal...

  • 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...

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