Where Can the Pirates Add An Impact Player?

With the signing of Clint Barmes this past week, the Pittsburgh Pirates made their second move to upgrade the 2012 team from the team we saw in 2011.  But if you’re expecting a huge upgrade, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Anyone who takes a look at the available options at catcher and shortstop knows the positions are thin.  In fact, anyone who looks at the actual positions will realize that it’s not just...

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MLBTR Predicts a Busy Off-Season For Pirates

Every year, MLB Trade Rumors releases their top 50 free agents, along with predictions on which player will sign with which team.  The predictions are what they are: one person’s guess on how the off-season will play out.  They’re far from perfect, but they do provide a nice topic for discussion.  This year’s list has been released, and the predictions by Tim Dierkes suggest a busy off-season for the Pittsburgh...

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2012 Free Agent Options: Starting Pitching

For Pittsburgh Pirates fans, the 2012 free agent market for starting pitchers will be simple: compare everyone to Paul Maholm.  The Pirates made it clear that they wouldn’t be bringing Maholm back in 2012, despite having a $9.75 M option for him to return.  With the starting rotation looking like it needs one spot, the Pirates will either need to re-sign Maholm on the open market, or add someone similar to Maholm in order for...

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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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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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