• Tuesday Rumors: Upton, Iannetta, Giambi

    The Pirates are one of five teams talking to Tampa about Upton. Here are the rumors for Tuesday: -Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports repeats a rumor that we heard yesterday: the Pirates are one of five teams looking at B.J. Upton.  He mentions that the level of interest by the Pirates...

  • Teams Understanding the Value of Prospects

    Buster Olney had an interesting article up this morning on ESPN, talking about how teams are less willing to trade prospects.  The article quotes a few executives on the trade deadline this year, noting at how teams are more reluctant these days to deal prospects, as opposed to an example the article...

  • Monday Rumors: Giambi, Upton, Wigginton, Iannetta

    The Pirates are interested in Wigginton from the Rockies. Catching up on some of today's rumors: -Buster Olney didn't really have a rumor, but speculated that Jason Giambi would be a good fit for the Pirates as a bench bat.  Giambi is currently hitting for a .263/.360/.632 line with Colorado, and he's...

  • Pirates Casting Wide Net for Relief Help

      Dotel is one of the relievers the Pirates are looking at. Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are casting a wide net for relief pitching help, mentioning that Jason Frasor, Octavio Dotel, and Koji Uehara are all on the list, as well as a dozen others.  This is the...

  • Why Haven’t the Pirates Made a Move Yet?

    One of my biggest pet peeves is the following phrase: "You weren't around in the 1970s, so you don't know what a winning team should do." I'm 27 years old.  I was born in 1983, so I missed all of the Pirates' World Series titles.  I was 8-9 years old when the...

  • Pirates Interested in Chris Iannetta

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are among a number of teams that have asked the Colorado Rockies about catcher Chris Iannetta, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  Iannetta is currently hitting for a .224/.376/.412 line in 228 at-bats this season.  His best year was in 2008, when he hit for a .264/.390/.505...

  • Pirates Out of the Mix For Beltran?

    Beltran's value depends on whether the Mets want better prospects or lower payroll. Buster Olney had two interesting updates regarding the Pittsburgh Pirates today.  The first update discussed their reluctance to deal away "major assets": Rival officials view the Pirates' approach to the trade deadline as very, very careful. Lots of indications...

  • When Will the Pirates Be Contenders?

    At what point do the Pittsburgh Pirates become contenders? Is it enough now that they're tied for first place, and have legitimately been in the NL Central race for most of the month? Do they need to take two out of three games this weekend against the St. Louis Cardinals, followed by...

  • Trade Values: Relief Pitching Options

    Over the last few days, we've heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at bullpen upgrades.  They've already started adding to the bullpen today, with the anticipated addition of Jason Grilli.  Yesterday I detailed a list of bullpen options they've been linked to.  Adding to that list, we've recently heard rumors about...

  • Neal Huntington on Three Pirates Needs

    Pearce could return soon, which might lessen the need some for a position player off the bench. Neal Huntington was on MLB Network Radio, and told Jim Bowden that the team is looking to add a starting pitcher, a bullpen arm, and a position player.  That's not really ground breaking, as it...

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