Pirates Looking For a Bat, Bidding on Victorino

Following the trade for Wandy Rodriguez, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now going for a hitter. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates are seeking help at first base or the outfield. Rob Biertempfel reports that the Pirates asked for Shane Victorino, but talks were hung up when Philadelphia asked for Brad Lincoln. Biertempfel reports the Pirates were offering Jared Hughes and a minor leaguer. Victorino is having a down year,...

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Justin Upton Unlikely to be Traded

Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic has an update on Justin Upton, noting that it is unlikely the Arizona outfielder will be dealt. Arizona owner Ken Kendricks noted in the article that it is a “reasonable assumption” that Upton will be with the team the rest of the season. He also offered the following quote. “I think we’re better off with him on our team,” Kendrick said. “I this whole thing has...

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MLB Trade Season Begins With Three Big Deals Around the League

Typically the week leading up to the July 31st trade deadline sees the most trades. Usually you see a few deals spread out during the week, with the majority of trades taking place the final two days. That hasn’t been the case today. We saw our first big trades made during the 2012 season, with the Chicago Cubs trading Ryan Dempster, the Miami Marlins trading Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, and the Seattle Mariners trading...

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Padres Asking Pirates For a Significant Package of Prospects For Headley

Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the San Diego Padres are asking the Pittsburgh Pirates for a significant package of prospects for Chase Headley. Olney mentions that they’ve asked the same from all teams. A month ago we looked at Headley’s trade value, putting him at $19.56 M over the next three years. However, that amount was based on a 3.0 WAR per year. The 3.0 WAR number was based on Headley’s career numbers,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Trade Deadline Preview

The 2012 MLB Trade Deadline is a little over a week away. For the second year in a row, the Pittsburgh Pirates will be buyers at the deadline. This year’s team looks much stronger than last year’s team, and looks more likely to sustain the success we’ve seen over the first four months of the season. The combination of being contenders, plus trying to snap a 19-year losing streak, will put a lot of pressure on the...

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Pirates Inquired about B.J. Upton, Billy Butler, and Shane Victorino

In his Sunday column, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes that the Pirates may have interest in the other Upton brother, this time B.J. from the Tampa Rays.  He also mentions that they inquired about Billy Butler (1B) from the Royals and Shane Victorino (OF) from the Phillies.  These little snippets were within a section on Justin Upton and how he has not drawn as much interest as expected. The whole article is about how the...

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