• 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...

  • Non-Tender Trade Candidate – Chris Volstad

    Continuing on with the series of posts related to trade targets from the potential non-tendered player pool, my search has led me to look at starting pitching. Chris Volstad from the Miami Marlins could be a target to acquire.

  • The Quiet Start to Free Agency

    Free agency in Major League Baseball officially started on Sunday.  Tonight at 12:01 AM players were able to negotiate with other teams for the first time.  In leagues such as the NFL or the NHL you usually see a flurry of moves when free agency begins.  That's not the case with baseball....

  • Pirates Projected Arbitration Salaries

    In my projection of the 40-man roster I've included estimates for each of the arbitration eligible players, in order to try and get the estimated 2012 payroll.  My method for estimating salaries is simple.  I'll look at the numbers that the players put up, look at comparable players, and go with the...

  • Non-Tender Trade Candidate — Mike Aviles

    The Pirates may be able to explore the potentially non-tendered player market for additions to the 2012 major league team.

  • When It Makes Sense to Give Up a Draft Pick

    In 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates had the 52nd pick in the draft, picking second overall in the second round.  Heading in to the draft, not much was expected from the pick.  They ended up drafting and signing Stetson Allie, who entered the draft as a top 10-15 prospect. In 2011 the Pirates...

  • Sports Illustrated: Best Free Agent Fits For Pirates

    Yesterday we saw MLB Trade Rumors list their top 50 free agents, with predictions that the Pittsburgh Pirates would sign Carlos Pena, Ramon Hernandez, and Jeff Francis.  Today, Sports Illustrated released a list of their top 50 free agents, noting the best fit for each player.  They listed two players as "best...

  • Internal Options For the 2012 Season

    Following the announcements yesterday that the Pittsburgh Pirates had turned down all four player options, Pirates fans began to panic.  The panic was the same thing we see at the beginning of every off-season: the worry that the Pirates wouldn't add anyone over the next five months, and would enter the 2012...

  • MLBTR Predicts a Busy Off-Season For Pirates

    Every year, MLB Trade Rumors releases their top 50 free agents, along with predictions on which player will sign with which team.  The predictions are what they are: one person's guess on how the off-season will play out.  They're far from perfect, but they do provide a nice topic for discussion.  This...

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