After One-Hitter, Where Will The Pirates Get Offense?

One day after the Atlanta Braves held the Pirates to just five hits in a 5-4 defeat win over Bucs and the day of Julio Teheran twirling a no-hit bid into the 8th inning, it seems appropriate to ask when Pittsburgh’s offense will begin to turn it on. Start with the basics: the Pirates are 10th in the 15-team National League in runs scored, 12th in batting average, 12th in OPS and 12th in wRC+. Now to my underlying stat of choice,...

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Pirates Inquired on Willingham, Kouzmanoff

Jenifer Langosch reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have inquired on free agents Josh Willingham and Kevin Kouzmanoff this off-season, although Langosch mentions that neither player is likely for the Pirates.  The Pirates are looking for backup options in the outfield and at third base, and Kouzmanoff and Willingham are looking for regular starting time. Neal Huntington talked previously about the need for a contingency plan if Pedro...

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Pirates Acquire Ryan Ludwick For PTBNL

According to Ken Rosenthal, the Pittsburgh Pirates are still in the mix for San Diego Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick, as of last night.  We heard yesterday from Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports that Cleveland and Pittsburgh were the two teams making up the field for Ludwick, with Cleveland being more likely.  The Pirates added Derrek Lee last night, but still have a need for outfielders, especially with Alex Presley and Jose Tabata both...

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Saturday Rumors: Kubel, Pena, Lee, Willingham, Furbush

Kind of a slow pre-deadline day for the Pirates, although I don’t think it’s just them.  The relief market hasn’t really opened up, and there’s a lot of hold up on Ubaldo Jimenez.  Here’s a few updates on some players the Pirates are looking at: -Jon Paul Morosi mentions that he spoke to a source who downplayed the idea that Jason Kubel or Michael Cuddyer would be moved by the Minnesota Twins.  Seems kind...

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Thursday Rumors: Pirates Looking at Jason Kubel

Here are the Pirates trade rumors for Thursday: -Jayson Stark has a big list of updates on ESPN about the Pirates.  He mentions that the Pirates have said their number one focus is finding a “professional hitter”, per a club official that has been speaking with the Pirates.  Stark adds that they seem to have backed off of Carlos Pena, and that they are lukewarm on Josh Willingham and B.J. Upton.  He does mention that they...

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