Pirates Still Looking for Shortstop Upgrade

Rob Biertempfel has an update on the shortstop situation for the Pittsburgh Pirates, noting that the Pirates are still seeking a shortstop upgrade following the winter meetings.  The Pirates were pursuing J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett before both players were traded to other teams.  They selected Josh Rodriguez in the Rule 5 draft, although he doesn’t profile as more than a utility player. Biertempfel mentions Brendan Ryan and...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: Rule 5 Draft Preview

Day three of the winter meetings wrapped up without any moves being made by the Pittsburgh Pirates, although we did have several rumors and updates about players the Pirates are talking to.  Day four will almost certainly bring at least one transaction, as the 2010 Rule 5 draft will take place at 9:00 AM, with the Pirates having the first overall pick. The Pirates haven’t said whether they will use the selection, or trade it...

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Pirates Made Offer to Bill Hall?

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has an interesting tweet, implying that the Pittsburgh Pirates have made an offer to Bill Hall, and that Hall could be the starting second baseman if he accepts the offer.  The only way that would happen is if the Pirates moved Neil Walker from second to third base, and Pedro Alvarez from third to first base. Hall has a career -4.2 UZR/150 in his limited time at second base.  He’s been better...

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