• Winter Meetings Day One: Who’s On First?

    Lee is unlikely to accept arbitration by Wednesday's deadline. Coming in to the winter meetings, it was clear that the biggest need for the Pittsburgh Pirates was at first base.  The team saw strong defensive additions at catcher and shortstop already this off-season, although the strong defense doesn't come with much offense...

  • Free Agent Rumors: DeRosa, McLouth

    A few rumors from John Perrotto earlier this evening via Twitter: -The Pirates are interested in Mark DeRosa on a minor league deal, according to Perrotto.  We heard that they checked on him last week. Perrotto adds that he is believed to be looking for a major league deal somewhere, and that...

  • Pirates Interested in Jeff Francis?

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the clubs interested in Jeff Francis, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports. Francis is coming off a year where he was healthy for a full season with the Royals, putting up a 4.82 ERA in 183 innings. His advanced metrics suggests he was better...

  • Trade Target – Ervin Santana

    Could an Ervin Santana for Joel Hanrahan swap benefit both teams' needs?

  • Derrek Lee Updates: Monday

    The Pittsburgh Pirates offered arbitration to first baseman Derrek Lee two weeks ago.  He has until Wednesday to decide whether to accept or reject arbitration.  If he accepts, the Pirates get him for one year at a raise over his $8.5 M compensation from the 2011 season.  If he declines, the Pirates...

  • Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Winter Meetings Preview

    The 2011 Winter Meetings begin today, which kicks off one of the busiest periods of the year for Major League baseball. This usually marks the time when the big free agents start going off the board. We've already seen the beginning, with Jose Reyes agreeing to a six year, $106 M deal...

  • Pirates Interested in Bringing Nate McLouth Back

    Jon Paul Morosi has an interesting update from the winter meetings. He notes that the Pittsburgh Pirates may add an outfielder, and that they're interested in Nate McLouth.  The Pirates traded McLouth in 2009 for Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorkys Hernandez.  The trade came a few months after they signed McLouth...

  • Pirates Inquired on Ian Stewart

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the teams who have inquired on Ian Stewart, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.  The Colorado Rockies are expected to move Stewart, and the Pirates are one of the teams interested, joining the Cubs, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Mariners, and Angels. Kevin Creagh looked at Stewart...

  • Pirates Checked on Mark DeRosa

    The Pittsburgh Pirates were one of four teams who spoke with Mark DeRosa's surgeon, according to Ken Rosenthal.  DeRosa has been sidelined for a good amount of time the last two years with a left wrist injury, which required two surgeries.  The Nationals, Rangers, and Indians have also spoken to DeRosa's surgeon,...

  • 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...

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