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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Pirates Focused on Bullpen and Bench Help

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be focusing on their bullpen and bench after they filled their outfield spot with Travis Snider last night. He points out that they didn’t deal Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon, which likely rules out options such as Shin-Soo Choo, and others who would require a top prospect today. One trend to note: the Pirates have added a cheap reliever around the deadline in each...

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Reed Johnson Traded, But Not to the Pirates

UPDATE 11:03 PM: Johnson goes to the Braves, along with Paul Maholm, per Jon Morosi. UPDATE 10:35 PM: Bill Brink reports that the Pirates weren’t the team to add Johnson. UPDATE 10:33 PM: Rob Biertempfel reports that it is unlikely the Pirates have acquired Johnson. UPDATE 10:31 PM: Ken Rosenthal reports that Johnson and Soto were in separate deals. UPDATE 10:27 PM: Jon Heyman reports that Johnson has been traded, but that...

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