Why Haven’t the Pirates Made a Move Yet?

One of my biggest pet peeves is the following phrase: “You weren’t around in the 1970s, so you don’t know what a winning team should do.” I’m 27 years old.  I was born in 1983, so I missed all of the Pirates’ World Series titles.  I was 8-9 years old when the Pirates were contenders in the early 90s.  If the only team I had a chance to follow was the Pirates, I wouldn’t have any experience...

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Pirates Interested in Chris Iannetta

The Pittsburgh Pirates are among a number of teams that have asked the Colorado Rockies about catcher Chris Iannetta, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  Iannetta is currently hitting for a .224/.376/.412 line in 228 at-bats this season.  His best year was in 2008, when he hit for a .264/.390/.505 line in 333 at-bats.  That was under Clint Hurdle. Iannetta is making $2.55 M this year, and is under contract for $3.55 M in...

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Pirates Out of the Mix For Beltran?

Buster Olney had two interesting updates regarding the Pittsburgh Pirates today.  The first update discussed their reluctance to deal away “major assets”: Rival officials view the Pirates’ approach to the trade deadline as very, very careful. Lots of indications PITT isn’t trading major assets. Olney also provided this update on the Carlos Beltran market: Source:Carlos Beltran trade talks down to five serious...

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When Will the Pirates Be Contenders?

At what point do the Pittsburgh Pirates become contenders? Is it enough now that they’re tied for first place, and have legitimately been in the NL Central race for most of the month? Do they need to take two out of three games this weekend against the St. Louis Cardinals, followed by strong performances next week against the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies on the road? Maybe they need to make a big splash or two at the...

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Trade Values: Relief Pitching Options

Over the last few days, we’ve heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at bullpen upgrades.  They’ve already started adding to the bullpen today, with the anticipated addition of Jason Grilli.  Yesterday I detailed a list of bullpen options they’ve been linked to.  Adding to that list, we’ve recently heard rumors about Oakland Athletics pitchers Craig Breslow and Grant Balfour.  To get an idea about what...

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Neal Huntington on Three Pirates Needs

Neal Huntington was on MLB Network Radio, and told Jim Bowden that the team is looking to add a starting pitcher, a bullpen arm, and a position player.  That’s not really ground breaking, as it covers pretty much every possibility. The starting pitcher might be a surprise with the way the rotation has been performing.  However, the Pirates don’t really have much depth.  Ross Ohlendorf is returning from an injury, and...

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