Justin Upton and Overrating Prospects

So far the morning trade rumors today surround Justin Upton. Not much is new in the talks, although Jon Morosi of FOX Sports takes a detailed look at the Pittsburgh Pirates. Morosi says that the Pirates have remained in contact with Arizona. He notes that Neal Huntington has refused to part with Starling Marte or Jameson Taillon, although the former is counter to what we heard Sunday, with reports saying the Pirates would deal Marte....

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Monday Trade Rumors: Shane Victorino, Matt Garza, Starling Marte

Here are a few updates on the trade front, via MLBTR. **The Pirates were one of six teams scouting Matt Garza this weekend, according to ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla. I wouldn’t read much in to it other than due diligence. There’s usually a big gap between scouting a player and trying to trade for him. It’s also important to note that Garza was going up against Arizona. So the scout could have been there to...

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Pirates Emerging as Serious Bidders for Justin Upton

UPDATE 3:51 PM: Jon Heyman is hearing that there’s nothing serious with Justin Upton yet. He also says the Pirates are “probably not a fit” and that they won’t include Cole or Taillon. UPDATE 1:16 PM: Jon Morosi reports that the Pirates have a scout in Chicago watching Upton this weekend. UPDATE 12:45 PM: Stark said on Baseball Tonight that the Pirates could get Upton without losing Gerrit Cole or Jameson...

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Pirates Have Expressed Interest in Jon Lester and Jason Vargas

As per Nick Cafardo’s Sunday column in the Boston Globe, Jon Lester has “been on the Pirates’ radar” along with the usual suspects of Zack Greinke, Cole Hamels, Matt Garza, and Ryan Dempster.  Carfardo goes on to say that, “It doesn’t appear the Sox would deal unless they got exceptional value back, and it doesn’t appear the Pirates would part with pitching prospect Gerrit Cole, whom the Sox would...

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Pirates Looking to Add a Bat at the Deadline

Despite Pittsburgh seeing a huge surge on offense since the month of June, the Pirates are still looking to acquire a bat by the trade deadline. Manager Clint Hurdle said that even though the club has been better offensively, it has not changed their decision to actively pursue at the trade deadline. “We’re in a buying mode,” Hurdle said. “I think we need to be optimistic, but realistic on who are, what we are,...

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Pirates Have Had Very Few Conversations About Upton

Jim Bowden of ESPN has an article up looking at five trade proposals for Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Bowden starts off by mentioning that the Pittsburgh Pirates have had very few conversations with Diamondbacks’ GM Kevin Towers. Bowden notes that Neal Huntington called Towers, but it doesn’t sound any different from the calls he made to every other team shopping players. Bowden also notes what we heard...

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