Pirates Made Similar Offer to James Loney
Jan04

Pirates Made Similar Offer to James Loney

James Loney re-signed with the Tampa Bay Rays last month, after drawing interest from several teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates. Loney ended up signing a three year, $21 M deal to remain in Tampa. According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune (h/t Bucs Dugout), Loney turned down similar offers from the Pirates, Milwaukee Brewers, and Houston Astros. #Rays Loney said MIL, PIT, HOU, TB made similiar offers. "I felt this was...

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James Loney on the Verge of a Deal With the Rays
Dec13

James Loney on the Verge of a Deal With the Rays

Buster Olney reports that James Loney is on the verge of a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. James Loney is on the verge of an agreement with the Tampa Bay Rays; a multi-year deal. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 13, 2013 The deal would be a multi-year deal, according to Loney. It appears that the Pirates will have to turn to the trade market with Loney off the table. It will be interesting to see what he ended up signing...

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How Much Bargaining Power Does James Loney Have?
Dec12

How Much Bargaining Power Does James Loney Have?

Yesterday the Seattle Mariners added Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, then claimed they would use both first base options in the outfield. That removed two first base options from the market, leaving the Pirates, Brewers, and the Rays to decide between James Loney, Ike Davis, and Mitch Moreland. Loney has been asking for three years and $27-30 M total. It would seem that he now has a ton of leverage to get such a deal. However, none of...

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First Base Rumor Roundup: Wednesday
Dec11

First Base Rumor Roundup: Wednesday

It seems that the first base position is in a holding pattern, with teams exploring their options while waiting for player prices to come down. The Brewers, Rays, and Mariners are all looking for first base help, and if any of those teams make a move it could impact who the Pirates end up with. Here are this morning’s updates from around the league. **Jon Heyman reports that Milwaukee is waiting for a response from Corey Hart on...

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First Pitch: The Next Liriano and The Left-Handed First Baseman
Dec11

First Pitch: The Next Liriano and The Left-Handed First Baseman

We’re through day two of four of the 2013 Winter Meetings. There have been a lot of rumors surrounding the Pirates so far, specifically focused on first base and starting pitching. It’s to the point where we can get an idea of what the Pirates are going to do, and the only question that remains is “when will the moves take place?” I decided to break it down further for each position below. The Next Francisco...

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