J.J. Hardy Traded to Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles have acquired shortstop J.J. Hardy from the Minnesota Twins, with the deal expected to be announced in about an hour.  That leaves the Pittsburgh Pirates without a shortstop upgrade, after Jason Bartlett was traded to the San Diego Padres yesterday. This marks the second year in a row that the Pirates have tried to trade for Hardy.  Last year they reportedly offered Matt Capps, only to see Hardy go to the Twins...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: Rule 5 Draft Preview

Day three of the winter meetings wrapped up without any moves being made by the Pittsburgh Pirates, although we did have several rumors and updates about players the Pirates are talking to.  Day four will almost certainly bring at least one transaction, as the 2010 Rule 5 draft will take place at 9:00 AM, with the Pirates having the first overall pick. The Pirates haven’t said whether they will use the selection, or trade it...

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Jason Bartlett Traded to the Padres

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded shortstop Jason Bartlett to the San Diego Padres, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com.  We heard earlier that the Padres and Pirates were the two teams in the bidding for the shortstop, and it appears that Bartlett was dealt for Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell. I don’t think the loss of Bartlett is that big of a deal, as I’ve said many times before.  His defense has been on a constant decline,...

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Wednesday Shortstop Updates

A lot of updates today on the two top shortstops available on the market, J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett, with the Pittsburgh Pirates involved with both players. The J.J. Hardy sweepstakes seems to be down to the Baltimore Orioles and the Pirates.  Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that both teams are still in, and that Cesar Izturis is an option for Baltimore if they miss out on Hardy.  Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun mentioned that...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: It’s All About Pitching

The Washington Nationals made a huge splash on the free agent market on Sunday, announcing a seven year, $126 M deal with outfielder Jayson Werth.  The deal has gotten a lot of attention, both due to the impact of the signing on the free agent market, and the statement the Nationals made.  Despite the signing, I really don’t see the Nationals as a team that has greatly improved.  Werth has looked good over the last two years,...

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