Pirates to Sign Joe Beimel

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been looking for left handed relief, although the market is currently very thin, with very few options remaining.  One of those options is Joe Beimel, and according to John Perrotto, he could sign with the Pirates.  Perrotto tweets that he hears there is a very good chance that Beimel will sign with the Pirates. Beimel started his career in Pittsburgh, getting drafted in the 18th round of the 1998 draft by...

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Pirates No Longer Interested in Brian Fuentes

Last week we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were one of 11 teams interested in relief pitcher Brian Fuentes.  Today, Rob Biertempfel updates us that the Pirates are no longer pursuing Fuentes due to the cost.  It’s believed that the left handed reliever is looking for Scott Downs type money, around three years and $15 M. The Pirates have been looking at a few high priced relievers this off-season, such as Octavio Dotel, Kevin...

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Pirates Still Interested in Francis

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of seven teams still interested in left handed starter Jeff Francis.  Crasnick lists the Nationals, Royals, Rangers, Rockies, and both New York teams as the other interested teams. Francis is coming off a year where he put up a 5.00 ERA in 104.1 innings, along with a 5.8 K/9 and a 2.0 BB/9.  He was recovering from a shoulder injury, which caused him to miss the 2009...

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Pirates Interested in Brian Fuentes

Jon Heyman of SI tweets that 11 teams are interested in relief pitcher Brian Fuentes, and names the Pittsburgh Pirates as one of those teams.  Fuentes is apparently looking for Scott Downs type money, according to Buster Olney, which amounts to three years and $15 M.  I can’t see the Pirates paying that much for a reliever, even if he would be a closer, which Fuentes most certainly would be if he signed with Pittsburgh. The...

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Free Agent Rumors: Dotel, Francis, Webb

The Pirates carry a 41 man roster since Friday, then wait until the day I’m out of town to make their move.  Also while I was gone, there were some rumors on the free agent market: -The Pirates are interested in bringing back Octavio Dotel, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.  The Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays are also pursuing Dotel.  We heard two weeks ago that the Pirates had inquired on Dotel.  They were able...

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