Pirates Looking at Rafael Furcal

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at Rafael Furcal and other shortstop options, although Heyman specified that Jose Reyes and Jimmy Rollins aren’t included in the other group. Furcal is definitely the biggest name available after Reyes and Rollins.  He turned 34 last month, and hit for a .231/.298/.348 line in 2011.  Furcal had much better results in the second half with the St....

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Trade Target – Adam Laroche

With the Nationals in pursuit of Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, is there a chance the Pirates could trade for Adam Laroche if either of those players sign with the Nats?

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There Will Be Type B Free Agents This Off-Season

Joel Sherman had a report yesterday that said Major League Baseball would be getting rid of Type B picks as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Sherman tweeted today that he made a mistake, and that there will be Type B free agents this off-season.  He added that some of the Type A free agents like Kelly Johnson, Matt Capps, and Octavio Dotel, who would be hurt by their Type A status, will drop down to Type B free agents...

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Pirates May Discuss New Deal With Cedeno

The Pittsburgh Pirates might discuss a new deal with shortstop Ronny Cedeno, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors.  The Pirates declined Cedeno’s $3 M option, paying the $200 K buyout instead.  We’ve also heard that they’re looking at Ramon Santiago, so clearly the team is prioritizing defense at shortstop over added offensive production. Middle infielders have been going quickly on the open market....

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Non-Tender Trade Candidate – Ian Stewart

We continue with our periodic look at potential Non-Tender candidates that the Pirates may be interested in obtaining. This article looks at Ian Stewart from the Colorado Rockies.

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Pirates Might Not Get Any Draft Compensation

Yesterday we heard from Buster Olney that the Collective Bargaining Agreement discussions were close, and that there were expected changes to limit draft bonuses and reduce the number of compensation picks.  Joel Sherman of the NY Post talked to some executives who have been briefed on the negotiations, and what he found doesn’t look good for the Pirates. Sherman reports that there is a strong possibility that Type B...

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