Pirates Don’t Seem to Like A.J. Burnett’s 2015 Salary
Jul24

Pirates Don’t Seem to Like A.J. Burnett’s 2015 Salary

Jayson Stark has several updates over at ESPN, including an update on the Pirates and A.J. Burnett. Earlier this week we heard that Burnett preferred to go back to Pittsburgh if he was going to get moved. Stark says that sources tell him the Pirates would need assurance that Burnett would retire, rather than picking up his player option next year that would pay as much as $14.25 M. In the article earlier this week, I pointed out how...

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Pirates Connected to Phillies Reliever Antonio Bastardo
Jul23

Pirates Connected to Phillies Reliever Antonio Bastardo

We heard earlier this week that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a scout in attendance to watch A.J. Burnett last week. According to Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, they’re also one of the teams who have been connected to left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo. Salisbury also mentions the Royals, Tigers, and Blue Jays as other teams who have had scouts watching the reliever. It seems like all of these teams are watching a lot of players...

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Pirates Scouting Diamondbacks Relievers
Jul23

Pirates Scouting Diamondbacks Relievers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been connected to a lot of relief pitchers so far this trade season. The latest news comes from Jon Morosi, who says they’ve been scouting the bullpen of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Pirates have been scouting DBacks relievers. Of note: A lefty by the name of Oliver Perez is part of the Arizona bullpen. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 23, 2014 Morosi mentions Oliver Perez, although I’m not...

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A.J. Burnett Prefers the Pirates, But His Salary is Not Preferred
Jul22

A.J. Burnett Prefers the Pirates, But His Salary is Not Preferred

Ken Rosenthal has some interesting updates on A.J. Burnett: #Phillies’ Burnett not only prefers #Pirates as next club, but Bucs players said to be lobbying for his return. Player option may be issue… — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 22, 2014 …for #Pirates. Burnett at 21 starts for #Phillies. Option value is $8.5M at 24 starts, $10M at 27, $11.75M at 30 and maximum $12.75M at 32. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July...

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Pirates Had a Scout Watching A.J. Burnett’s Last Start
Jul21

Pirates Had a Scout Watching A.J. Burnett’s Last Start

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates had a scout watching A.J. Burnett’s last start on Friday. Gelb says that the scout wasn’t on his normal coverage, which makes it sound like this was a trip specifically to see Burnett. Burnett hasn’t been the same pitcher this year that he was with the Pirates. He has a 4.08 ERA and a 3.93 xFIP. His strikeouts are down, with a 7.4 K/9, which...

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Pirates Looking at Joaquin Benoit and Joakim Soria
Jul21

Pirates Looking at Joaquin Benoit and Joakim Soria

Jon Heyman reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of three teams looking at San Diego Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit. He also says that the Pirates have been looking at Texas Rangers reliever Joakim Soria. This comes after we heard that the Pirates were looking at Huston Street, who was just traded to the Angels for a big return. Heyman says that the Tigers and Indians are also interested in Benoit. He said the Tigers and Pirates...

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