Pirates Emerging As Dark-Horse Candidate For Jon Lester; Josh Bell Involved?
Jul29

Pirates Emerging As Dark-Horse Candidate For Jon Lester; Josh Bell Involved?

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports hasĀ a big rumor, saying that the Pittsburgh Pirates are emerging as a dark-horse candidate for Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester. He also says that one name at the center of trade talks is Josh Bell. As we learned with last year’s Bud Norris situation, and the revelation of the Astros’ trade talks this year, having a guy like Bell mentioned in this rumor doesn’t necessarily mean the Pirates...

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A.J. Burnett to the Pirates Probably Isn’t Happening
Jul29

A.J. Burnett to the Pirates Probably Isn’t Happening

Jayson Stark has an update on the Pirates/Phillies rumor involving A.J. Burnett, saying that the talks are “all but dead” (h/t Charlie at Bucs Dugout). Stark notes that the Pirates want assurances that Burnett won’t pick up his player option next season, but that they’ve been unable to get those assurances. Burnett could make as much as $14.25 M next season. Stark says that the Phillies are saying Burnett will...

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Pirates Looking For a Left-Handed Reliever
Jul29

Pirates Looking For a Left-Handed Reliever

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been connected to a lot of relievers, and a lot of left-handed relievers. We’ve heard them connected to Andrew Miller of the Red Sox, Antonio Bastardo of the Phillies, and a loose connection to Oliver Perez of the Diamondbacks. Jon Morosi says that the team continues to look for lefty relievers. Pirates continuing to look for a left-handed reliever, sources say. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July...

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Pirates Reportedly Could Get In On Jon Lester Talks
Jul29

Pirates Reportedly Could Get In On Jon Lester Talks

Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that a couple of baseball executives think the Pirates could get in on the Jon Lester trade talks. A couple of baseball executives think the Pirates may get into Jon Lester trade talks with Red Sox. — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) July 29, 2014 Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox are open to dealing Lester and John Lackey “for the right returns.” Source: #RedSox open to...

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Rays Scouting Altoona Curve Tonight
Jul28

Rays Scouting Altoona Curve Tonight

Dan Zangrilli reportsĀ that the Tampa Bay Rays had scouts at the Altoona Curve game tonight. Those scouts could have been there for the Detroit Tigers farm club as well, but sticking with the Pittsburgh Pirates angle, the obvious main target from the Rays is pitcher David Price. The Curve have some interesting prospects, including shortstop Alen Hanson and outfielder Josh Bell, both of whom are top 100 prospects in baseball. Tonight...

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Pirates Continue Scouting Phillies and Now Looking at Marlon Byrd
Jul28

Pirates Continue Scouting Phillies and Now Looking at Marlon Byrd

We’ve heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been scouting a lot of players on the Philadelphia Phillies. A.J. Burnett has been the big name, and that continued tonight, as they were one of a few teams in attendance tonight for Burnett’s start against the Mets and Bartolo Colon. Blue Jays, Cardinals, Pirates, Braves have scouts at tonight's Bartolo Colon vs A.J. Burnett start. @FOXSports1 — Jon Morosi...

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