Trade Target — Gavin Floyd

Continuing in our periodic look at potential trade targets that have been reported by other media sources, let’s turn our attention to a recent piece by Ken Rosenthal for Fox Sports. In this post, Rosenthal discusses how the White Sox are receiving a lot of interest on two of their top pitchers — John Danks and Gavin Floyd.

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A New Waiver Period Begins Today

Most baseball fans are vaguely familiar with Major League Baseball’s waiver system.  It’s not a consistent system, with several waiver periods throughout the year.  The most publicized waiver period takes place around the month of August, when teams can make trades via waivers.  The waiver order is determined in two ways during that time period.  The order is based on the current season’s standings, although priority...

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Pirates Could Still Get Draft Pick For Doumit

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed catcher Rod Barajas today, which makes it unlikely that they will bring back catchers Ryan Doumit or Chris Snyder, who both became free agents when the Pirates declined their options.  Both catchers profile as Type B free agents, which could net the Pirates a compensation pick in the 2012 draft for each player.  To get the pick, the Pirates would have to offer arbitration, and the players would have to...

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Could Pirates Pursue Tsuyoshi Wada?

Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated had a tweet about Japanese left hander Tsuyoshi Wada, noting the Pittsburgh Pirates as one of the teams that could call on his services.  Heyman pointed out that Wada went 16-5 with a 1.51 ERA last year, and called Wada a “LHP in Jamie Moyer mold”.  He listed the Nationals and Rangers as two other teams who could pursue Wada. I’m guessing this is Heyman matching up team needs, rather...

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CBA Updates: Progress Made

Major League Baseball didn’t see a new Collective Bargaining Agreement announced today, although there have been a few reports of progress that was made today: -Ken Rosenthal said that significant progress was made in the CBA talks today. -Buster Olney reported that the owners and the union were looking at solutions for Type A free agency.  Olney mentioned two solutions: 1. Instead of the new team giving the old team a draft...

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The Ideal Off-Season

Yesterday I ran a poll asking for you to vote on your ideal off-season at the four big areas of need: catcher, first base, shortstop, and starting pitcher.  The vote was meant to look at realistic options that are available to the Pittsburgh Pirates, rather than some of the options they have no shot at landing, such as Albert Pujols or Jose Reyes. My ideal additions for each position would be Ramon Hernandez, Derrek Lee, Clint Barmes,...

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