• There Will Be Type B Free Agents This Off-Season

    Joel Sherman had a report yesterday that said Major League Baseball would be getting rid of Type B picks as part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.  Sherman tweeted today that he made a mistake, and that there will be Type B free agents this off-season.  He added that some of the...

  • Pirates May Discuss New Deal With Cedeno

    The Pittsburgh Pirates might discuss a new deal with shortstop Ronny Cedeno, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors.  The Pirates declined Cedeno's $3 M option, paying the $200 K buyout instead.  We've also heard that they're looking at Ramon Santiago, so clearly the team is prioritizing defense at shortstop over...

  • Non-Tender Trade Candidate – Ian Stewart

    We continue with our periodic look at potential Non-Tender candidates that the Pirates may be interested in obtaining. This article looks at Ian Stewart from the Colorado Rockies.

  • Pirates Might Not Get Any Draft Compensation

    Yesterday we heard from Buster Olney that the Collective Bargaining Agreement discussions were close, and that there were expected changes to limit draft bonuses and reduce the number of compensation picks.  Joel Sherman of the NY Post talked to some executives who have been briefed on the negotiations, and what he found...

  • What is Alex Presley’s Trade Value?

    When talking about the outfield depth that the Pittsburgh Pirates have, a lot of assumptions are made.  In the minors we assume that Starling Marte and Robbie Grossman will both arrive in the next year or two, while meeting their expectations.  Or, more conservatively, we expect just one of them to pan...

  • Pirates Inquired on Willingham, Kouzmanoff

    Jenifer Langosch reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have inquired on free agents Josh Willingham and Kevin Kouzmanoff this off-season, although Langosch mentions that neither player is likely for the Pirates.  The Pirates are looking for backup options in the outfield and at third base, and Kouzmanoff and Willingham are looking for regular...

  • Joel Hanrahan’s Trade Value

    Bob Elliot of the Toronto Sun (via MLBTR) had an update yesterday on the Toronto Blue Jays' pursuit of a closer.  Elliot says that the Blue Jays have been "shocked" by the asking prices of free agent closers this off-season.  Alex Anthopoulos said that the club's greatest surplus was prospects, which Elliot took to...

  • Potential Draft Bonus and Compensation Changes

    Buster Olney provided several updates on the possible changes that could take place under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which Olney reports is "on the ten-yard line". -The big issue has been the owners' demands for hard slotting.  One solution involves bonuses for the top ten rounds.  Teams would have a ceiling...

  • MLB Close to New CBA

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Major League Baseball and the player's union are close to a deal on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, with the two sides reaching a near-agreement on draft related issues, which have been the biggest hurdle so far. Rosenthal mentions that a deal might come today or tomorrow, although...

  • Ryan Doumit Could Sign a Deal Soon

    Jerry Crasnick has an update on Ryan Doumit via Twitter, noting that Doumit could sign a deal in the next few days.  Crasnick noted that Doumit received two more offers today.  He also added that the interest has mostly come from American League teams, although he did receive an offer from an...

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