Pirates Talking With Athletics

Jon Paul Morosi had an update on Twitter about the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Oakland Athletics: #Pirates need bat and bullpen. #Athletics have both. They’re talking, sources say. We’ve heard a lot of rumors about the Athletics.  On the offensive side, we’ve heard the Pirates linked to Josh Willingham and Conor Jackson.  On the bullpen side, we’ve heard Craig Breslow and Grant Balfour as names that have been thrown...

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Saturday Rumors: Kubel, Pena, Lee, Willingham, Furbush

Kind of a slow pre-deadline day for the Pirates, although I don’t think it’s just them.  The relief market hasn’t really opened up, and there’s a lot of hold up on Ubaldo Jimenez.  Here’s a few updates on some players the Pirates are looking at: -Jon Paul Morosi mentions that he spoke to a source who downplayed the idea that Jason Kubel or Michael Cuddyer would be moved by the Minnesota Twins.  Seems kind...

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Trade Values: Shaping Up to Be a Seller’s Market

Throughout the 2011 trade season, I’ve been reviewing the trade values of players.  As I mentioned earlier in the month, the trade values are meant to represent the baseline value, and it’s possible for other teams to affect the price, especially if more than one team is willing to offer the same value for a player.  In the last few days we’ve seen two major trades, and one minor trade which involved established...

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Pirates Have Strong Interest in Jason Kubel

On Thursday we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking at Jason Kubel.  The Minnesota Twins outfielder might be on the trade market, depending on whether the Twins feel they are contenders.  Minnesota is currently 50-56, although they are six games out of the AL Central.  That said, they will have to move past four other teams if they want to win the division, which makes it more likely that they will be sellers. Jenifer...

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Friday Rumors: Domonic Brown Tops the Wish List

We’re less than 48 hours away from the trade deadline… -The big rumor today isn’t actually a rumor for the Pirates.  However, it has a lot of Pirates fans salivating at a great possibility to upgrade the team for the long term.  The rumor is that the Philadelphia Phillies are offering top outfield prospect Domonic Brown, along with starting pitching prospect Jarred Cosart, plus other players, in exchange for Hunter...

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Some Perspective on the Impact of an Impact Bat

A large segment of the Pirates fan base, energized by the team’s competitive play, is eager to see the team trade for an impact bat before the July 31 trade deadline. Over the past few weeks, it has been difficult to turn on the radio without hearing a caller state that Neal Huntington should deal whatever prospects are necessary to acquire someone like Carlos Beltran or Hunter Pence. Despite the improved play, the Pirates lineup has...

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