• Pirates Could Still Get Draft Pick For Doumit

    The Pittsburgh Pirates signed catcher Rod Barajas today, which makes it unlikely that they will bring back catchers Ryan Doumit or Chris Snyder, who both became free agents when the Pirates declined their options.  Both catchers profile as Type B free agents, which could net the Pirates a compensation pick in the...

  • Could Pirates Pursue Tsuyoshi Wada?

    Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated had a tweet about Japanese left hander Tsuyoshi Wada, noting the Pittsburgh Pirates as one of the teams that could call on his services.  Heyman pointed out that Wada went 16-5 with a 1.51 ERA last year, and called Wada a "LHP in Jamie Moyer mold".  He...

  • CBA Updates: Progress Made

    Major League Baseball didn't see a new Collective Bargaining Agreement announced today, although there have been a few reports of progress that was made today: -Ken Rosenthal said that significant progress was made in the CBA talks today. -Buster Olney reported that the owners and the union were looking at solutions for...

  • The Ideal Off-Season

    Yesterday I ran a poll asking for you to vote on your ideal off-season at the four big areas of need: catcher, first base, shortstop, and starting pitcher.  The vote was meant to look at realistic options that are available to the Pittsburgh Pirates, rather than some of the options they have...

  • Pirates Are Suitors for Yoenis Cespedes

    Earlier today a scouting video was released of top Cuban prospect Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to be declared a free agent in the next few weeks.  The video has since been removed, but was a pretty impressive display of Cespedes' abilities.  On top of that, the video was somewhat entertaining, with...

  • Gio Gonzalez Would Cost Too Much

    Throughout the 2011 season I took a look at trade values for various players, looking both at the internal options that the Pittsburgh Pirates had to trade, and the external options that they could pursue.  With all of the talk about Gio Gonzalez being available by the Oakland Athletics, I figured I...

  • Pirates Expected To Pursue Clint Barmes

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post has an article up looking at a lot of Colorado Rockies off-season notes, but in his footnotes has a mention about the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Renck expects the Pirates to pursue Clint Barmes, who played with Colorado from 2003-2010, with most of those years being under Clint...

  • CBA Updates: Hard Slotting and Type A Compensation

    Jayson Stark has some updates on the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement talks between the owners and the union.  The topics that are relevant to the Pittsburgh Pirates: -The owners, led by Bud Selig, are still demanding hard slotting in the draft.  The union is holding firm in resisting that.  I've written before...

  • Trade Target – All of the A’s, apparently

    Today on Major League Baseball Trade Rumors (MLBTR), there was a piece about how the Oakland A's are willing to listen to offers on any of their players. Is there a chance that the Pirates can benefit from this event?

  • Pirates Watched Jamie Moyer Pitch

    According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates were one of the teams that have sent scouts to watch soon-to-be 49 year old left hander Jamie Moyer pitch.  Moyer is recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in 2010, and which cost him the entire 2011 season.  Rosenthal quoted scouts who said...

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