• Pirates Discussing Extension With Neil Walker

    Earlier today we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were discussing an extension with outfielder Jose Tabata, and recently we've learned that Tabata has agreed to a deal that will extend the team's control of the outfielder through his first three free agent years. Rob Biertempfel also reports that the Pirates are "deep into...

  • Pirates Discussing Extension With Jose Tabata

    According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, the Pittsburgh Pirates are discussing a multi-year extension with outfielder Jose Tabata.  Dierkes mentions that Tabata has recently switched agents as well. Tabata won't be eligible for arbitration until after the 2013 season, and he won't be eligible for free agency until after the...

  • Why the Need for Catching Help?

    Injuries to the catching staff this year have left a need for the Pirates. All season we've been hearing the Pittsburgh Pirates linked to catchers in the trade market.  There was the interest in Chris Iannetta of the Colorado Rockies.  There was the rumored Garrett Jones for Jeff Mathis trade with the...

  • How Do August Waiver Trades Work?

    Every year there is a ton of hype surrounding the trade deadline, but the big misconception is that teams can no longer make trades after 4:00 PM on July 31st.  Teams can, in fact, make trades after the July 31st deadline.  It's just not as simple. The big advantage to making deals...

  • 2011 Trade Deadline Recap: Pirates Get Lee, Ludwick

    For the past month I've been saying that the Pittsburgh Pirates should be looking at potential moves where they upgrade the team, while giving up very little in prospects, all by taking on salary.  That's exactly what the Pirates did at the deadline, acquiring Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick in exchange for...

  • Pirates Acquire Ryan Ludwick For PTBNL

    According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates are still in the mix for San Diego Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick, as of last night.  We heard yesterday from Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports that Cleveland and Pittsburgh were the two teams making up the field for Ludwick, with Cleveland being more likely.  The...

  • Pirates Interested in Many Bats

    Jon Paul Morosi mentions on Twitter that the Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in many bats right now, according to a source.  He mentions one name as Omar Infante, a utility player for the Florida Marlins.  Infante has a .266/.314/.330 line in 406 at-bats this year, playing second base.  In his career he's...

  • Pirates Could Make Serious Bid For B.J. Upton

    We've heard today that Jason Kubel is the top target for the Pittsburgh Pirates, although the Twins don't want to deal their outfielder, who becomes a free agent after the 2011 season.  Jon Paul Morosi reports that if Kubel is truly off the market, he anticipates the Pirates to make a serious...

  • Jason Kubel is the Pirates Top Target

    According to Rob Biertempfel, the Pittsburgh Pirates have Jason Kubel as their top target on the trade market, with about four hours remaining before the trade deadline.  Jenifer Langosch adds that the Pirates are still in on Ryan Ludwick, but that he's not the primary target right now.  She also adds that...

  • Another Trade Coming?

    Rob Biertempfel provided an update on Twitter saying that the Pittsburgh Pirates were having a closed door meeting, and that there's a sense another trade might be coming.  We've already heard that the Pirates are still in the mix for outfielder Ryan Ludwick.  At this point, the best addition for the Pirates...

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