Free Agent Rumors: Paul Maholm, Dan Wheeler

Two Pittsburgh Pirates free agent rumors, after a few weeks of little to no news: -Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates have had discussions with Paul Maholm, although a return seems unlikely. Kovacevic mentions that the Pirates are looking to upgrade the rotation, but that those additions will probably come from non-roster invitees, rather than a high profile addition. We heard earlier that the Pirates agreed to sign Jo-Jo Reyes...

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Could the Pirates Afford Edwin Jackson?

  At the start of the off-season I had Edwin Jackson listed as a pitcher that I liked, but one that I never thought would be a possibility for the Pittsburgh Pirates. A few weeks ago I pointed out that the market for the 28 year old right hander has been surprisingly quiet. There were talks that Jackson’s asking price was high, although we didn’t really have any solid numbers. Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports...

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Padres Might Take Cash For Ludwick

Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune held a chat today¬†(h/t MLBTR), and a question was brought up about the San Diego Padres’ return for Ryan Ludwick. The Pittsburgh Pirates received Ludwick for a player to be named later back in July, although the player has yet to be named. Center reports that he is hearing the Padres could opt for cash considerations in the deal. Center also mentions that the Padres might be looking at...

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DK: Top Priority is a Starting Pitcher

Dejan Kovacevic has a small update on the off-season plans for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He mentions that there’s money to spend, and that he hears the top priority is a starting pitcher. Last week I pointed out that the Pirates have $7-10 M to spend. I also mentioned that the Pirates need another starting pitcher, due to the injury concerns that surround Erik Bedard, plus the general uncertainty with pitchers. The ideal player...

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Do the Pirates Need a First Baseman?

  Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports took a look at five off-season stories that will carry over in to the 2012 calendar year. ¬†The first two on his list were the first base market, focusing on Prince Fielder, then the players on the market after Fielder. Fielder is definitely holding the market up right now. Morosi mentions that he might need to choose between the biggest offer and the best opportunity to win. In either event, the...

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Cubs have interest in Paul Maholm

The Cubs are in negotiations with Paul Maholm for a 2012 rotation spot.

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