Starling Marte Removed From Tonight’s Altoona Game

Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Starling Marte was been removed from tonight’s Altoona Curve game in the fifth inning for pinch hitter Brad Chalk.  Naturally, at this time of the year, when a player is removed, people start thinking “trade”.  Marte was hit with a pitch to lead off the game, although he stuck around until the fifth, so his removal doesn’t seem to be injury related.  He got a single in the...

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Colby Rasmus Traded Out of NL Central

The St. Louis Cardinals today took part in a three team trade that sent young center fielder Colby Rasmus out of the NL Central.  The Cardinals ended up getting Edwin Jackson, Marc Rzepczynski, Octavio Dotel, and Corey Patterson in return for Rasmus, Trever Miller, Brian Tallet, and P.J. Walters. In the short term, the Cardinals upgraded their team, adding two good bullpen options (Rzepczynski from the left side, Dotel from the right...

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Tuesday Rumors: Upton, Iannetta, Giambi

Here are the rumors for Tuesday: -Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports repeats a rumor that we heard yesterday: the Pirates are one of five teams looking at B.J. Upton.  He mentions that the level of interest by the Pirates and Reds is unclear.  Upton would be a great addition defensively, although his bat has struggled throughout his career.  I posted a blind comparison yesterday of his offensive stats compared to Josh Willingham, and...

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Teams Understanding the Value of Prospects

Buster Olney had an interesting article up this morning on ESPN, talking about how teams are less willing to trade prospects.  The article quotes a few executives on the trade deadline this year, noting at how teams are more reluctant these days to deal prospects, as opposed to an example the article gave of 1997, when Jason Varitek and Derek Lowe were traded for Heathcliff Slocumb.  One executive referenced trade talks where a team...

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Monday Rumors: Giambi, Upton, Wigginton, Iannetta

Catching up on some of today’s rumors: -Buster Olney didn’t really have a rumor, but speculated that Jason Giambi would be a good fit for the Pirates as a bench bat.  Giambi is currently hitting for a .263/.360/.632 line with Colorado, and he’s doing just as well on the road as he is at home in Coor’s.  He’s only seen 95 at-bats this year, so he’s pretty much thriving in the bench role in Colorado....

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Pirates Casting Wide Net for Relief Help

  Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are casting a wide net for relief pitching help, mentioning that Jason Frasor, Octavio Dotel, and Koji Uehara are all on the list, as well as a dozen others.  This is the first we’ve heard that the Pirates were interested in acquiring Frasor, although over the off-season we heard them mentioned as being interested in bringing Dotel back.  We’ve also recently heard...

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