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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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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Thursday Rumors: Pirates Looking at Jason Kubel

Here are the Pirates trade rumors for Thursday: -Jayson Stark has a big list of updates on ESPN about the Pirates.  He mentions that the Pirates have said their number one focus is finding a “professional hitter”, per a club official that has been speaking with the Pirates.  Stark adds that they seem to have backed off of Carlos Pena, and that they are lukewarm on Josh Willingham and B.J. Upton.  He does mention that they...

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Rosenthal Full Count: Pirates Aggressively Pursuing Upgrades

In the latest segment of “Full Count” by Ken Rosenthal, the FOX Sports reporter goes in to detail about the Pittsburgh Pirates and some rumors as we head to the trade deadline.  The video can be found above, and the Pirates segment starts at the 1:46 mark.  Here are the highlights: -He says the Pirates are “aggressively pursuing upgrades”. -He mentions that the Pirates will get a lot of help from injured...

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Cubs Are The Perfect Match For Pirates

We’ve heard a lot of talk about how the Pittsburgh Pirates will be buyers this year at the trade deadline, and how they are likely to make moves where they take on payroll, rather than giving up top prospects.  So far we’ve heard a lot of speculation on fits to that approach, but we haven’t really heard the Pirates actually linked to any player. Two of the biggest perceived needs are first base and third base.  Pedro...

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