Should the Pirates Make a Move?

At the beginning of this month, I talked about how the Pirates weren’t winning against good teams, and were just beating up on bad teams.  I mentioned that with a June schedule which included the Philadelphia Phillies (34-22 at the time), Arizona Diamondbacks (31-25), Cleveland Indians (33-20), Boston Red Sox (30-26), and Toronto Blue Jays (28-28), the Pirates were unlikely to escape the month of June with a winning record....

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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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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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Trade Rumors: Doumit, Hanrahan, Meek, Pitchers

Dejan Kovacevic has an update from the Winter Meetings, looking at some news and rumors on the internal trade possibilities: -Kovacevic says that the Pirates would love to trade Ryan Doumit.  That should come as no surprise, since Doumit will make $5.1 M next year as a backup, and potential right fielder.  He mentions the Pirates would have to pick up salary in any trade, unless another team sees Doumit as a legit option in the...

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