First Pitch: Joel Hanrahan’s Future With the Pirates

The MLB Winter Meetings wrapped up today with a nice summary of how the entire meetings went. The Pirates didn’t take anyone in the Rule 5 draft, sent Kyle Kaminska to the Red Sox to complete the Zach Stewart trade, and one of the biggest stories in baseball was whether Jason Grilli had signed. I like Jason Grilli. I think he’s a great pitcher. But when one of the biggest topics on the final day is where a relief pitcher...

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Winter Meeting Notes: Big Moves, Grilli, Jones, McPherson

A few notes as day one of the winter meetings is coming to a close. **If you’re expecting a big follow up move to the Russell Martin signing, it doesn’t seem like it will happen this week, or possibly at all. Rob Biertempfel has the following from Neal Huntington. #Pirates GM Huntington re:chance for big move at winter meetings: "For us, biggest move we were going to make this offseason was catcher." — Rob...

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Joel Hanrahan’s Trade Market

Earlier today, Rob Biertempfel had a note about two American League teams who said no thanks to trading for Joel Hanrahan. Biertempfel follows that up with a good rundown of Hanrahan’s trade market. He notes that the Pirates have been shopping Hanrahan for several weeks now. He also mentions that one scout was “shocked” at how low the initial asking price was for the closer. If the Pirates dealt Hanrahan quickly,...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Winter Meetings Preview

The 2012 MLB Winter Meetings take place this week, with the meetings usually kicking off the big off-season moves. In previous years the Pirates made most of their moves either during the meetings, or in the week following the meetings after setting the framework at the meetings. They’ve already signed Russell Martin, and have an interesting situation going into this week. The Pirates are both buyers and sellers. They showed...

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Seattle Interested in Garrett Jones

  Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Seattle Mariners have shown interest in Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Garrett Jones (via MLBTR). Baker says that the Mariners and Pirates have had talks in the weeks leading up to these meetings about Jones. He adds the disclaimer that Seattle is talking with many different teams, but that actual names were involved in the talks. One proposal Baker mentions involved Jones and...

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