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    Bucs Should Have Interest in Josh Hamilton

    According to this morning's USA Today, the Cincinnati Reds are shopping Josh Hamilton. Everybody knows his story. So, I won't bother with the details. What is important is that he is young (27 in May), cheap, plays centerfield, has power and gets on base (131 OPS+ last year). I say go after...

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    Pirates release Castillo, select Meek in Rule 5 draft

    As expected, the Pirates released Jose Castillo today. Castillo, who as little as two years ago was considered the second baseman of the future, spent most of 2007 riding the bench. He was unhappy in that role, and voiced his displeasure several times. In four seasons with the Pirates, Castillo hit .256/.297/.380...

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    Should the Pirates trade Jason Bay?

    The Pirates have a barren minor league system, mostly devoid of impact talent. The Major League team has won less than 70 games in three consecutive seasons. The majority of the team’s offense is made up of average players in their prime who will be eligible for free agency in two or...

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    McLouth not on the block

    There were lots of rumors yesterday that Nate McLouth was was the block to be traded and this caused great consternation to some members of Pirate Nation, especially some on the Pirates mailing list (for the young kids reading, mailing lists were before blogs and web based forums way back in the...

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    Bay and Paulino to Cleveland?

    Rumors are very ethereal things. They can be true one minute and then the next minute they aren't, so take them with a grain or two of salt. Now that I have gotten the disclaimer out of the way, the Post-Gazette is reporting this morning that the Bucs and the Indians have...

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    Winter Meetings Day Two

    More notes from the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee: Three Pirates are out of option years, based on the number of years they have been in the Pirates' system: Brad Eldred, John Van Benschoten, and Sean Burnett. The Pirates petitioned MLB to ask for another option year for each, based on...

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    Tigers Farm System Now Depleted; Jack Wilson Better Not Wind Up There

    Hanging out, doing some work and watching my beloved Irish take on K-State. The SportsCenter 30/30 update interrupted the game and reported that the Marlins have sent Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers for six prospects. The report names four of them - Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, Mike Rabelo and...

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    Dreyfuss Voted into Hall of Fame

    Former Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss was elected to the Hall of Fame. That was probably overdue, as I pointed out back in May when I linked to a post by Joe Posnanski who made a strong case for Dreyfuss to get in. That piece of good news is followed by three pieces...

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    Neal Huntington: "We need above-average players"

    An interview with Pirates’ general manager Neal Huntington was published at Baseball Prospectus on Sunday. It is an interesting read that gives us a bit more insight into the team’s plans, both in the near and distant future. For some analysis, check out any of these posts. However, it was one simple...

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    First Day of the Winter Meetings

    The Pirates picked up two new players today, both waiver claims from other clubs: INF Josh Wilson is a Pittsburgh native (Mount Lebanon High School). He started the 2007 season with the Washington Nationals, who had claimed him off waivers a year ago. In 15 games with the Nationals, he struggled...

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