Pirates Made Offer to Bill Hall?

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has an interesting tweet, implying that the Pittsburgh Pirates have made an offer to Bill Hall, and that Hall could be the starting second baseman if he accepts the offer.  The only way that would happen is if the Pirates moved Neil Walker from second to third base, and Pedro Alvarez from third to first base. Hall has a career -4.2 UZR/150 in his limited time at second base.  He’s been better...

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Pirates Inquired on Octavio Dotel

The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of seven teams to have inquired on Octavio Dotel, according to a tweet from Enrique Rojas of ESPN (tweet is in Spanish).  Rojas mentions the Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, and New York Yankees as other teams interested, which leaves one team out. The Pirates signed Dotel last season to be their closer, then flipped him at the trade deadline to the Los Angeles...

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Pirates Interested in Bartolo Colon, Alfredo Amezaga

Dejan Kovacevic has an update this morning from the Winter Meetings, with two new players that the Pirates are interested in. -The Pirates have scouted Bartolo Colon in the Dominican, where he is 40 pounds lighter and currently has a 0.91 ERA in 29.2 innings, with a 26:2 K/BB ratio in the Dominican Winter League.  Dejan speculates that the 37 year old would cost something in the $1 M range that he received from the Chicago White Sox...

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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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Winter Meetings Notebook: Platoons

The lone move the Pittsburgh Pirates made on day two was the signing of outfielder Matt Diaz.  The Pirates were reported to have interest in Diaz last week after he was non-tendered by the Atlanta Braves.  The signing of Diaz raises an interesting question about how the Pirates will handle their starting first base and right field positions in 2011, and whether they will employ a platoon situation. Diaz is very similar to recently...

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