Russell Martin Is a Symbol of the Weak Catching Market

Russell Martin didn’t have a season like Rod Barajas had in 2012, but he wasn’t exactly elite. The catcher hit for a .211 average and a .713 OPS, which was almost 90 points higher than Barajas. Those numbers don’t look like an elite catcher, but that doesn’t mean Martin won’t be a highly sought after target on the free agent market. In perhaps the biggest sign of how weak the catching market is, Jon...

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Pirates Looking at Red Sox Relievers

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe (via MLBTR), the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at the bullpen of the Boston Red Sox. MLBTR points out that Vicente Padilla is one of the few pending free agents in Boston’s bullpen, and that most of the relievers are under control beyond the 2012 season, which might make them less likely to be dealt. If the Pirates made a trade, the player acquired wouldn’t be eligible for the...

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The High Asking Prices For Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino

Buster Olney had the following update this morning about the asking price for Hunter Pence to the Pittsburgh Pirates (h/t to Bucs Dugout): All the way up to July 30th, Philadelphia's asking price on Hunter Pence for Pirates was Starling Marte, Lincoln and more. Pretty pricey. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 2, 2012 With that type of return, I’d imagine there was also talk of the Phillies picking up some salary in...

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Alfonso Soriano Refused a Trade to the Pirates

Dejan Kovacevic reports that Chicago Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano refused to waive his no trade clause to accept a trade to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kovacevic mentioned that he didn’t know how far talks went, or if they started at all, but that Soriano didn’t want to play in Pittsburgh. Soriano turned down a few other teams, including refusing to go to the San Francisco Giants. He’s got 10-and-5 rights, which...

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Pirates Acquire Gaby Sanchez and Prospect From Marlins

UPDATE 3:24 PM: Peter Gammons reports the Pirates also received minor league right-handed reliever Kyle Kaminska in the deal. Kaminska has been pitching for Double-A, and currently has a 5.11 ERA in 49.1 innings, with a 42:9 K/BB ratio. He’s 23 years old. Kaminska wasn’t a top 30 prospect in Baseball America’s rankings of the Marlins’ system, and rated as the 9th best right handed relief prospect. After being...

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Pirates Not Pursuing Chase Headley

UPDATE 2:28 PM: Jon Morosi reports that the Pirates are not actively pursuing Chase Headley at this point. UPDATE 1:00 PM: Jon Morosi says that the asking price for Headley is still high with three hours to go. 11:29 AM: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports has the latest on Chase Headley: with 4 hours 40 mins to go, hear it's still 50-50 whether chase headley is dealt. cle bal pit oak nyy (longshot) #padres — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS)...

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