Pirates and Duchscherer Have Mututal Interest

Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Justin Duchscherer have mutual interest.  The Pirates have expressed interest in Duchscherer in each of the last two seasons, although Kovacevic mentions that the interest is stronger this year. Duchscherer is a big injury risk, missing the entire 2009 season, and only making five starts in 2010.  When healthy, he’s an excellent starting option, with a 2.60 ERA in 169.2...

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Pirates Close to Signing Scott Olsen

The Pittsburgh Pirates are close to making their first addition of the off-season, agreeing to sign Scott Olsen to a one year, incentive laden deal, per Jennifer Langosch.  The deal is not official yet, and is contingent on Olsen passing a physical.  Dejan Kovacevic mentions that Olsen’s base salary will be in the $1 M range.  Last year, Olsen received a $1 M base salary with Washington, with a potential $2.85 M in incentives....

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Brandon Webb Update

Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates haven’t contacted free agent starting pitcher Brandon Webb since November 22nd, and that the pursuit has gone cold.  Kovacevic mentions that the Pirates are still interested in Justin Duchscherer, Jeff Francis, Scott Olsen, and other starting pitchers. Last week we learned that the Pirates and Webb have a mutual interest, although lately the rumors have suggested that Scott...

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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Winter Meetings Preview

The 2010 MLB Winter Meetings kick off tomorrow, and run through Thursday afternoon, finishing off with the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  Leading up to the meetings, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been linked to a lot of free agents, but have yet to make a move, outside of letting a few players from the 2010 roster go.  The main areas of focus for the Pirates have been the starting rotation, a first baseman/right fielder, and a shortstop.  The...

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Pirates Targeting Corner Outfielders

Rob Biertempfel reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are now targeting corner outfielders following the non-tender of Lastings Milledge.  Biertempfel mentions that two players on the radar are recently non-tendered Matt Diaz and Jack Cust. Diaz is coming off a year where he hit for a .250/.302/.438 line in 224 at-bats for the Braves.  That was following a season where he hit for a .313/.390/.488 line in 371 at-bats.  Diaz is a career...

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