Are the Pirates Building Trade Depth?

It’s hard to draw any conclusions about the projected 2011 roster this early in the off-season, but after two days of the MLB Winter Meetings there are two trends that suggest the Pittsburgh Pirates could be looking to add some trade depth to the major league roster. The first trend is the focus on late inning relievers.  The Pirates made an offer to J.J. Putz before he signed a two year, $10 M deal with the Arizona...

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Pirates Making Offers to Relievers

Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates are showing interest and making offers on a number of free agent relievers.  Rosenthal mentions that the team made an offer to J.J. Putz, who recently signed a two year, $10 M deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.  He also mentions that they’re looking at guys like Kevin Gregg, who they looked at last year before signing Octavio Dotel.  Putz was also a guy they looked at last year....

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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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Trade Rumors: Doumit, Hanrahan, Meek, Pitchers

Dejan Kovacevic has an update from the Winter Meetings, looking at some news and rumors on the internal trade possibilities: -Kovacevic says that the Pirates would love to trade Ryan Doumit.  That should come as no surprise, since Doumit will make $5.1 M next year as a backup, and potential right fielder.  He mentions the Pirates would have to pick up salary in any trade, unless another team sees Doumit as a legit option in the...

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Who Should the Pirates Take in the Rule 5 Draft?

The 2010 Rule 5 draft will be held on December 9th, on the final day of the Winter Meetings.  The Pittsburgh Pirates have the first pick in the draft, and are almost certain to make a selection.  There is currently no space on the 40-man roster, although teams don’t have to outright a player off the roster until December 6th, giving the Pirates plenty of time to clear a space. I took a look at some of the most intriguing options...

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