• Is Derrek Lee an Upgrade?

    Last night I saw an update flash by on Twitter that Derrek Lee had hit his 12th homer of the year.  My first thought was "that can't be right, last time I looked he had four homers on the year".  Then I took another look at Lee, my first since mid-June. On...

  • Pirates Talking With Athletics

    Jon Paul Morosi had an update on Twitter about the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Oakland Athletics: #Pirates need bat and bullpen. #Athletics have both. They’re talking, sources say. We've heard a lot of rumors about the Athletics.  On the offensive side, we've heard the Pirates linked to Josh Willingham and Conor Jackson....

  • Saturday Rumors: Kubel, Pena, Lee, Willingham, Furbush

    Kind of a slow pre-deadline day for the Pirates, although I don't think it's just them.  The relief market hasn't really opened up, and there's a lot of hold up on Ubaldo Jimenez.  Here's a few updates on some players the Pirates are looking at: -Jon Paul Morosi mentions that he spoke...

  • Trade Values: Shaping Up to Be a Seller’s Market

    Throughout the 2011 trade season, I've been reviewing the trade values of players.  As I mentioned earlier in the month, the trade values are meant to represent the baseline value, and it's possible for other teams to affect the price, especially if more than one team is willing to offer the same...

  • Pirates Have Strong Interest in Jason Kubel

    On Thursday we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking at Jason Kubel.  The Minnesota Twins outfielder might be on the trade market, depending on whether the Twins feel they are contenders.  Minnesota is currently 50-56, although they are six games out of the AL Central.  That said, they will have to...

  • Friday Rumors: Domonic Brown Tops the Wish List

    We're less than 48 hours away from the trade deadline... -The big rumor today isn't actually a rumor for the Pirates.  However, it has a lot of Pirates fans salivating at a great possibility to upgrade the team for the long term.  The rumor is that the Philadelphia Phillies are offering top...

  • Some Perspective on the Impact of an Impact Bat

    Pena could be a potential upgrade at first base - MRHSfan, Flickr.comA large segment of the Pirates fan base, energized by the team’s competitive play, is eager to see the team trade for an impact bat before the July 31 trade deadline. Over the past few weeks, it has been difficult to...

  • A Price the Pirates Can’t Afford to Pay

    The Pirates can afford to give up money, but they can't afford to give up top prospects like Taillon. You could easily make the case that Pittsburgh Pirates fans are obsessed with money.  Maybe not when it comes to their personal lives, but definitely when it comes to talking about moves the...

  • Thursday Rumors: Pirates Looking at Jason Kubel

    The Pirates are looking at Jason Kubel, according to Jayson Stark. Here are the Pirates trade rumors for Thursday: -Jayson Stark has a big list of updates on ESPN about the Pirates.  He mentions that the Pirates have said their number one focus is finding a "professional hitter", per a club official...

  • DK: Beltran Refused to Waive No-Trade for Pirates

    Beltran refused to drop his no trade clause to come to the Pirates. Carlos Beltran was traded today to the San Francisco Giants for top pitching prospect Zach Wheeler.  Dejan Kovacevic provides an update for us, saying that Beltran refused to waive his no-trade clause for the Pirates, who were making a...

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