Free Agent Rumors: DeRosa, McLouth

A few rumors from John Perrotto earlier this evening via Twitter: -The Pirates are interested in Mark DeRosa on a minor league deal, according to Perrotto.  We heard that they checked on him last week. Perrotto adds that he is believed to be looking for a major league deal somewhere, and that the Pirates would view him as a contingency plan if Pedro Alvarez struggles again. -The Pirates like the idea of signing Nate McLouth because...

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Pirates Interested in Jeff Francis?

The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the clubs interested in Jeff Francis, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports. Francis is coming off a year where he was healthy for a full season with the Royals, putting up a 4.82 ERA in 183 innings. His advanced metrics suggests he was better than that ERA, with a 4.29 xFIP. Francis is similar to Paul Maholm in that both pitchers are left handed, get good ground ball ratios, don’t allow a...

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Trade Target – Ervin Santana

Could an Ervin Santana for Joel Hanrahan swap benefit both teams’ needs?

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Derrek Lee Updates: Monday

The Pittsburgh Pirates offered arbitration to first baseman Derrek Lee two weeks ago.  He has until Wednesday to decide whether to accept or reject arbitration.  If he accepts, the Pirates get him for one year at a raise over his $8.5 M compensation from the 2011 season.  If he declines, the Pirates get a first round compensation pick in the 2012 draft, assuming he signs elsewhere.  Here are the updates on Lee from today: -Jon Heyman,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Winter Meetings Preview

The 2011 Winter Meetings begin today, which kicks off one of the busiest periods of the year for Major League baseball. This usually marks the time when the big free agents start going off the board. We’ve already seen the beginning, with Jose Reyes agreeing to a six year, $106 M deal with the Miami Marlins last night. This also surrounds some very important dates for transactions, which should lead to a ton of roster moves. The...

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Pirates Interested in Bringing Nate McLouth Back

Jon Paul Morosi has an interesting update from the winter meetings. He notes that the Pittsburgh Pirates may add an outfielder, and that they’re interested in Nate McLouth.  The Pirates traded McLouth in 2009 for Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorkys Hernandez.  The trade came a few months after they signed McLouth to an extension. It’s not known why the Pirates would be looking for an outfielder.  They probably...

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