• 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...

  • 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...

  • Do the Pirates Need a First Baseman?

      Derrek Lee is one of the first base options who are waiting on Prince Fielder to sign. 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,...

  • Cubs have interest in Paul Maholm

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

  • Pirates In Talks With Jo-Jo Reyes

    According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pittsburgh Pirates are in talks with free agent left handed pitcher Jo-Jo Reyes. Kovacevic notes that the deal would be a minor league deal if it happens. Reyes was recently non-tendered by the Baltimore Orioles. He turned 27 in November, and has pitched 334.2 innings in the...

  • Pirates To Sign Ryota Igarashi

    The Pittsburgh Pirates have an agreement to sign right handed pitcher Ryota Igarashi, according to The Jiji Press (via Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker).  The agreement is for a split contract, which usually means it's a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. Igarashi previously played for the New York...

  • Pirates Still Interested in Derrek Lee

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are still interested in Derrek Lee for first base, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Lee was offered arbitration last month, but turned down that offer a week ago to pursue free agency. He is believed to be waiting for the top options on the board to sign, hoping...

  • MLB Non-Tender Candidates

    Tonight at midnight is the deadline for teams to tender offers to their arbitration eligible players for the 2012 season. Earlier today I previewed the arbitration eligibles for the Pittsburgh Pirates, including their expected values through arbitration. MLB Trade Rumors has published a list of non-tender candidates around baseball, which is an...

  • Trade Values – Mark Trumbo

    About two minutes after Albert Pujols signed with the Los Angeles Angels, the discussion among Pittsburgh Pirates fans (and any other team looking for a first baseman) shifted to "what would it take to get Mark Trumbo"?  The theory is that with Pujols and Kendrys Morales, the Angels wouldn't need Trumbo, and...

  • Winter Meetings Day Three: A Lot of Activity

    The first two days of the 2011 Winter Meetings were very quiet for the Pittsburgh Pirates. We heard a few rumors, and by the end of day two we heard that the Pirates were in agreement to bring back outfielder Nate McLouth. We just didn't have the stereotypical winter meeting updates, with...

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