• 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...

  • Pirates Expressed Interest in A.J. Burnett

    Ken Rosenthal has an update on the New York Yankees trying to deal starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, and notes that the Pittsburgh Pirates expressed interest at one point (h/t Bucs Dugout). Rosenthal reports that the Yankees haven't had any success trying to move Burnett, who is owed $16.5 M a year for...

  • Free Agent Rumors: Paul Maholm, Dan Wheeler

    Two Pittsburgh Pirates free agent rumors, after a few weeks of little to no news: -Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates have had discussions with Paul Maholm, although a return seems unlikely. Kovacevic mentions that the Pirates are looking to upgrade the rotation, but that those additions will probably come from non-roster...

  • Could the Pirates Afford Edwin Jackson?

      Edwin Jackson is looking for a five year deal at $12 M a year. At the start of the off-season I had Edwin Jackson listed as a pitcher that I liked, but one that I never thought would be a possibility for the Pittsburgh Pirates. A few weeks ago I pointed...

  • Padres Might Take Cash For Ludwick

    Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune held a chat today (h/t MLBTR), and a question was brought up about the San Diego Padres' return for Ryan Ludwick. The Pittsburgh Pirates received Ludwick for a player to be named later back in July, although the player has yet to be named. Center reports...

  • DK: Top Priority is a Starting Pitcher

    Dejan Kovacevic has a small update on the off-season plans for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He mentions that there's money to spend, and that he hears the top priority is a starting pitcher. Last week I pointed out that the Pirates have $7-10 M to spend. I also mentioned that the Pirates need...

  • Do the Pirates Need a First Baseman?

      Derrek Lee is one of the first base options who are waiting on Prince Fielder to sign. Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports took a look at five off-season stories that will carry over in to the 2012 calendar year.  The first two on his list were the first base market,...

  • Cubs have interest in Paul Maholm

    The Cubs are in negotiations with Paul Maholm for a 2012 rotation spot.

  • Pirates In Talks With Jo-Jo Reyes

    According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in talks with free agent left handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes. Kovacevic notes that the deal would be a minor league deal if it happens. Reyes was recently non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles. He turned 27 in November, and has pitched 334.2 innings in the...

  • Pirates To Sign Ryota Igarashi

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have an agreement to sign right handed pitcher Ryota Igarashi, according to The Jiji Press (via Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker).  The agreement is for a split contract, which usually means it's a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. Igarashi previously played for the New York...

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