The Pirates Might Be Best With Mercer and Barmes in 2014
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The Pirates Might Be Best With Mercer and Barmes in 2014

The free agent market is always weak when it comes to shortstop. Some years there are guys like Jose Reyes, but they usually go to the highest bidders on massive contracts. Most teams hold onto their shortstops, and most teams hoard shortstop prospects. As a result, if the Pirates want a good shortstop, they’re going to have to develop one internally. That could happen in a few years with Alen Hanson. Until then, the Pirates...

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Brendan Ryan Traded to the Mariners

The Seattle Mariners acquired shortstop Brendan Ryan from the St. Louis Cardinals today, removing another shortstop candidate from the market.  A week ago we heard that the Pirates had a “mild” interest in Ryan, although there wasn’t any connection to him after J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett went off the market. The shortstop market is very thin for upgrades over Ronny Cedeno at this point.  On Friday we heard that...

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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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J.J. Hardy Traded to Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired shortstop J.J. Hardy from the Minnesota Twins, with the deal expected to be announced in about an hour.  That leaves the Pittsburgh Pirates without a shortstop upgrade, after Jason Bartlett was traded to the San Diego Padres yesterday. This marks the second year in a row that the Pirates have tried to trade for Hardy.  Last year they reportedly offered Matt Capps, only to see Hardy go to the Twins...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: It’s All About Pitching

The Washington Nationals made a huge splash on the free agent market on Sunday, announcing a seven year, $126 M deal with outfielder Jayson Werth.  The deal has gotten a lot of attention, both due to the impact of the signing on the free agent market, and the statement the Nationals made.  Despite the signing, I really don’t see the Nationals as a team that has greatly improved.  Werth has looked good over the last two years,...

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