• Pirates Expected To Pursue Clint Barmes

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post has an article up looking at a lot of Colorado Rockies off-season notes, but in his footnotes has a mention about the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Renck expects the Pirates to pursue Clint Barmes, who played with Colorado from 2003-2010, with most of those years being under Clint...

  • CBA Updates: Hard Slotting and Type A Compensation

    Jayson Stark has some updates on the latest Collective Bargaining Agreement talks between the owners and the union.  The topics that are relevant to the Pittsburgh Pirates: -The owners, led by Bud Selig, are still demanding hard slotting in the draft.  The union is holding firm in resisting that.  I've written before...

  • Trade Target – All of the A’s, apparently

    Today on Major League Baseball Trade Rumors (MLBTR), there was a piece about how the Oakland A's are willing to listen to offers on any of their players. Is there a chance that the Pirates can benefit from this event?

  • Pirates Watched Jamie Moyer Pitch

    According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates were one of the teams that have sent scouts to watch soon-to-be 49 year old left hander Jamie Moyer pitch.  Moyer is recovering from Tommy John surgery, which he underwent in 2010, and which cost him the entire 2011 season.  Rosenthal quoted scouts who said...

  • Non-Tender Trade Candidate – Chris Volstad

    Continuing on with the series of posts related to trade targets from the potential non-tendered player pool, my search has led me to look at starting pitching. Chris Volstad from the Miami Marlins could be a target to acquire.

  • The Quiet Start to Free Agency

    Free agency in Major League Baseball officially started on Sunday.  Tonight at 12:01 AM players were able to negotiate with other teams for the first time.  In leagues such as the NFL or the NHL you usually see a flurry of moves when free agency begins.  That's not the case with baseball....

  • Pirates Projected Arbitration Salaries

    In my projection of the 40-man roster I've included estimates for each of the arbitration eligible players, in order to try and get the estimated 2012 payroll.  My method for estimating salaries is simple.  I'll look at the numbers that the players put up, look at comparable players, and go with the...

  • Non-Tender Trade Candidate — Mike Aviles

    The Pirates may be able to explore the potentially non-tendered player market for additions to the 2012 major league team.

  • When It Makes Sense to Give Up a Draft Pick

    In 2010 the Pittsburgh Pirates had the 52nd pick in the draft, picking second overall in the second round.  Heading in to the draft, not much was expected from the pick.  They ended up drafting and signing Stetson Allie, who entered the draft as a top 10-15 prospect. In 2011 the Pirates...

  • Sports Illustrated: Best Free Agent Fits For Pirates

    Yesterday we saw MLB Trade Rumors list their top 50 free agents, with predictions that the Pittsburgh Pirates would sign Carlos Pena, Ramon Hernandez, and Jeff Francis.  Today, Sports Illustrated released a list of their top 50 free agents, noting the best fit for each player.  They listed two players as "best...

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