Is This the 2002-2003 Off-Season All Over Again?

The Pittsburgh Pirates had one of their best off-seasons in 2002-2003 from a free agency standpoint. I feel that disclaimer is necessary because while the Pirates made some strong free agent signings that off-season, they also lost Chris Young and Bronson Arroyo for nothing during the same off-season. The Pirates did have success on the free agent market, signing Matt Stairs, Jeff Suppan, Reggie Sanders, and Kenny Lofton to deals....

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Pirates Unlikely to See a First Base Upgrade

Two pieces of news recently came out which point to the Pittsburgh Pirates missing out on a chance to land a first base upgrade. First was the talk that Derrek Lee might opt for retirement if he doesn’t get the right deal between now and Spring Training. Lee remains unsigned, and isn’t open to returning to the Pirates, who want to bring him back. The second news was the signing of Carlos Pena by the Tampa Bay Rays to a one...

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Trade Targets: Brandon Allen

The Oakland Athletics are shopping first baseman Brandon Allen, according to Jerry Crasnick, due to their excess number of first base candidates. MLBTR mentions the Pirates as a team that would be a fit for Allen. The connection seems to be based off the fact that the Pirates are looking for a first baseman, but doesn’t suggest that the Athletics have had contact with the Pirates, or any other team mentioned. Allen turns 26 in a...

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Olney: Prices of Veteran Free Agent Pitchers Dropping

Buster Olney tweeted the following this afternoon: The asking prices have come down significantly for veteran FA starters: Oswalt (said to be at $8m), Kuroda (10-11m), Edwin Jackson. Neal Huntington has stated that he is comfortable with the starting pitching currently on the roster, but if this report is true, he should be aggressively pursuing one of these players. Outside of Erik Bedard, whose durability issues greatly lower his...

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Pirates Will Not Scout Vicente Padilla

According to a Nicaraguan newspaper (link is in Spanish) Vicente Padilla will be scouted by Rene Gayo and the Pittsburgh Pirates next week, possibly during his next start down in Nicaragua. Padilla pitched just nine relief games this past season for the Los Angeles Dodgers before going on the DL with a forearm injury, then extending the DL stay due to a neck injury which required surgery. Padilla also missed part of spring training...

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Pirates Expressed Interest in A.J. Burnett

Ken Rosenthal has an update on the New York Yankees trying to deal starting pitcher A.J. Burnett, and notes that the Pittsburgh Pirates expressed interest at one point (h/t Bucs Dugout). Rosenthal reports that the Yankees haven’t had any success trying to move Burnett, who is owed $16.5 M a year for the next two years. The right hander is coming off back to back years where he put up an ERA above 5.00. His xFIP wasn’t as...

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