• 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Potential Draft Bonus and Compensation Changes

    Buster Olney provided several updates on the possible changes that could take place under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which Olney reports is "on the ten-yard line". -The big issue has been the owners' demands for hard slotting.  One solution involves bonuses for the top ten rounds.  Teams would have a ceiling...

  • MLB Close to New CBA

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Major League Baseball and the player's union are close to a deal on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, with the two sides reaching a near-agreement on draft related issues, which have been the biggest hurdle so far. Rosenthal mentions that a deal might come today or tomorrow, although...

  • Ryan Doumit Could Sign a Deal Soon

    Jerry Crasnick has an update on Ryan Doumit via Twitter, noting that Doumit could sign a deal in the next few days.  Crasnick noted that Doumit received two more offers today.  He also added that the interest has mostly come from American League teams, although he did receive an offer from an...

  • Pirates Interested in Ramon Santiago

    The Pittsburgh Pirates filled their starting catching position with a defensive option in Rod Barajas yesterday.  Could a defensive option at shortstop be next?  Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Pirates are interested in former Detroit Tigers shortstop Ramon Santiago.  The Pirates are interested in Santiago as an everyday option, according to...

  • Trade Target — Gavin Floyd

    Continuing in our periodic look at potential trade targets that have been reported by other media sources, let's turn our attention to a recent piece by Ken Rosenthal for Fox Sports. In this post, Rosenthal discusses how the White Sox are receiving a lot of interest on two of their top...

  • A New Waiver Period Begins Today

    Most baseball fans are vaguely familiar with Major League Baseball's waiver system.  It's not a consistent system, with several waiver periods throughout the year.  The most publicized waiver period takes place around the month of August, when teams can make trades via waivers.  The waiver order is determined in two ways during...

  • 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...

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