Prospect Primer for Trade Partners – Starting Pitchers

The first in a series of 3 articles will present trade chips for potential trading partners with the Pirates. This article will focus on Starting Pitcher prospects in the full-season leagues.

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2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Deadline Preview

The 2011 trade deadline is a little over two weeks away.  In previous years, we’d be talking about guys the Pirates would be selling off, and it would almost be a guarantee that the Pirates would be dealing most of the guys we were talking about.  This year, with the Pirates in contention for the NL Central, we can actually focus on how to improve the team. The Pirates are in an interesting situation.  They are technically...

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Francisco Rodriguez Traded to the Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers made the first splash of the trade season in the NL Central last night when they added late inning reliever Francisco Rodriguez.  Rodriguez will give Milwaukee a strong combination in the back of the bullpen when paired with John Axford.  However, the move comes at a big price.  Rodriguez is making $11.5 M this year, and has a $3.5 M buyout on his option next year, which is almost a guarantee, since his option of...

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Angels Pursued Garrett Jones Again

Yesterday, Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports reported that the Los Angeles Angels and the Pittsburgh Pirates had discussed a trade that would have sent Garrett Jones to the Angels, and catcher Jeff Mathis to the Pirates.  Mathis has a .195/.241/.286 line at the plate this year, and isn’t exactly the best defensive catcher, with a 23% caught stealing rate this season.  Morosi mentioned that the Pirates decided they couldn’t...

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