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 added offensive production. Middle infielders have been going quickly on the open market....

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Non-Tender Trade Candidate – Ian Stewart

We continue with our periodic look at potential Non-Tender candidates that the Pirates may be interested in obtaining. This article looks at Ian Stewart from the Colorado Rockies.

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Pirates Might Not Get Any Draft Compensation

Yesterday we heard from Buster Olney that the Collective Bargaining Agreement discussions were close, and that there were expected changes to limit draft bonuses and reduce the number of compensation picks.  Joel Sherman of the NY Post talked to some executives who have been briefed on the negotiations, and what he found doesn’t look good for the Pirates. Sherman reports that there is a strong possibility that Type B...

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What is Alex Presley’s Trade Value?

When talking about the outfield depth that the Pittsburgh Pirates have, a lot of assumptions are made.  In the minors we assume that Starling Marte and Robbie Grossman will both arrive in the next year or two, while meeting their expectations.  Or, more conservatively, we expect just one of them to pan out.  In the majors we expect an outfield of Andrew McCutchen, Jose Tabata, and Alex Presley to hold down the fort with good...

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Pirates Inquired on Willingham, Kouzmanoff

Jenifer Langosch reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have inquired on free agents Josh Willingham and Kevin Kouzmanoff this off-season, although Langosch mentions that neither player is likely for the Pirates.  The Pirates are looking for backup options in the outfield and at third base, and Kouzmanoff and Willingham are looking for regular starting time. Neal Huntington talked previously about the need for a contingency plan if Pedro...

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Joel Hanrahan’s Trade Value

Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun (via MLBTR) had an update yesterday on the Toronto Blue Jays’ pursuit of a closer.  Elliot says that the Blue Jays have been “shocked” by the asking prices of free agent closers this off-season.  Alex Anthopoulos said that the club’s greatest surplus was prospects, which Elliot took to mean that trading for a closer would be Toronto’s best option. We saw Jonathan Papelbon...

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