Trade Deadline: What's left?

I have to say this: with every move, I’m loving the apparent plan by Neal Huntington more and more. It’s obvious that he’s blowing up the team and starting from scratch. But there’s an actual plan. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the majority of pitchers he’s acquired are ground ball pitchers who don’t necessarily throw hard, but have good control with a good out pitch, usually a...

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Pirates trade Freddy Sanchez for Tim Alderson

After a day full of rumors (well, more than a day), the Pittsburgh Pirates have traded second baseman Freddy Sanchez to the San Francisco Giants for starting pitching prospect Tim Alderson. Alderson was ranked as the fourth best prospect in the San Francisco Giants’ system by Baseball America, and the second best pitching prospect behind Madison Bumgarner. He was rated as having the best curveball in the San Francisco system....

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Giants Sweep Series, Shutout Pirates, Trade for Sanchez

The Giants won, allowed no runs and then traded for Freddy Sanchez. It was a whirlwind. The only thing good that can come of it is if Tim Alderson, the AA pitcher the Pirates got in the one-for-one swap turns out to be a dandy. Matt Cain tossed nine scoreless innings. But the Giants were unable to push a run across against his All-Star replacement, Zach Duke. Cain allowed three singles and two walks. Duke went seven and gave up six...

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Freddy Sanchez Trade Rumors

UPDATE 4:30 PM: Dejan Kovacevic reports that the offer from Sanchez ($6 M, $6.5 M, $7.5 M) was rejected by the Pirates.UPDATE 4:11 PM: Jennifer Langosch reports that the offer from Sanchez to the Pirates was 3 years/$20 M. If we assume the $8 M option next year would be guaranteed, that’s $6 M a year for the final two years. The Pirates were offering $5 M a year, which would be 3/$15 M. I’d say 3/$18 M would be a fair...

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Freddy Sanchez traded to Giants for Tim Alderson

The Pirates have traded Freddy Sanchez to the Giants for Double-A pitcher Tim Alderson.  Alderson, a first round draft pick in 2007, is 20-years-old and performing well in Double-A.  He is a very good prospect that projects as a top of the rotation starter.  The Pirates focused on quality as opposed to quantity in this deal, and received a nice return for Freddy.  A very impressive day for Neal...

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