Pirates Focus on Short Term and Long Term Help at the Deadline

The Pittsburgh Pirates were connected to a lot of big names throughout the month of July, in their search to find help for their run at contending in 2012. Names like Chase Headley, Justin Upton, Hunter Pence, Shane Victorino, and even Billy Butler were mentioned in connection with the Pirates. But when the deadline came, the Pirates acquired a different group of players — a group which might not have made the biggest splash,...

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Trade Values: Relief Pitching Options

Over the last few days, we’ve heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at bullpen upgrades.  They’ve already started adding to the bullpen today, with the anticipated addition of Jason Grilli.  Yesterday I detailed a list of bullpen options they’ve been linked to.  Adding to that list, we’ve recently heard rumors about Oakland Athletics pitchers Craig Breslow and Grant Balfour.  To get an idea about what...

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Bullpen Rumors: Uehara, Grilli, Bell, Adams, Qualls

Three bullpen rumors this afternoon, since it seems like the Pirates are serious about upgrading that area of the team: -Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are eyeing Baltimore Orioles reliever Koji Uehara.  Uehara has been excellent this year, with a 1.84 ERA in 44 innings, along with a tremendous 58:8 K/BB ratio.  He’s also proven that he can start, with a 4.05 ERA in 66.2 innings over 12 starts in 2009, with a...

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