Why the Need for Catching Help?

All season we’ve been hearing the Pittsburgh Pirates linked to catchers in the trade market.  There was the interest in Chris Iannetta of the Colorado Rockies.  There was the rumored Garrett Jones for Jeff Mathis trade with the Los Angeles Angels that they ended up turning down. It made sense that the Pirates were looking for catching all throughout the season.  At one point their top two catchers went down in the span of a...

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How Do August Waiver Trades Work?

Every year there is a ton of hype surrounding the trade deadline, but the big misconception is that teams can no longer make trades after 4:00 PM on July 31st.  Teams can, in fact, make trades after the July 31st deadline.  It’s just not as simple. The big advantage to making deals prior to the July 31st deadline is that there are no restrictions on deals that can be made.  Teams can trade with any other team, and for that...

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2011 Trade Deadline Recap: Pirates Get Lee, Ludwick

For the past month I’ve been saying that the Pittsburgh Pirates should be looking at potential moves where they upgrade the team, while giving up very little in prospects, all by taking on salary.  That’s exactly what the Pirates did at the deadline, acquiring Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick in exchange for Aaron Baker and a player to be named later.  Lee and Baker aren’t huge splashes on the trade market, but it’s...

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Pirates Acquire Ryan Ludwick For PTBNL

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates are still in the mix for San Diego Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick, as of last night.  We heard yesterday from Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports that Cleveland and Pittsburgh were the two teams making up the field for Ludwick, with Cleveland being more likely.  The Pirates added Derrek Lee last night, but still have a need for outfielders, especially with Alex Presley and Jose Tabata both...

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Pirates Interested in Many Bats

Jon Paul Morosi mentions on Twitter that the Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in many bats right now, according to a source.  He mentions one name as Omar Infante, a utility player for the Florida Marlins.  Infante has a .266/.314/.330 line in 406 at-bats this year, playing second base.  In his career he’s played second, third, short, and all three outfield positions.  He’s making $2.5 M this year, plus up to $1 M in...

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Pirates Could Make Serious Bid For B.J. Upton

We’ve heard today that Jason Kubel is the top target for the Pittsburgh Pirates, although the Twins don’t want to deal their outfielder, who becomes a free agent after the 2011 season.  Jon Paul Morosi reports that if Kubel is truly off the market, he anticipates the Pirates to make a serious play for outfielder B.J. Upton.  We heard earlier today from Jon Heyman that Upton appeared likely to stay put, although he added...

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