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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Pirates and Duchscherer Have Mututal Interest

Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates and Justin Duchscherer have mutual interest.  The Pirates have expressed interest in Duchscherer in each of the last two seasons, although Kovacevic mentions that the interest is stronger this year. Duchscherer is a big injury risk, missing the entire 2009 season, and only making five starts in 2010.  When healthy, he’s an excellent starting option, with a 2.60 ERA in 169.2...

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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Winter Meetings Preview

The 2010 MLB Winter Meetings kick off tomorrow, and run through Thursday afternoon, finishing off with the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  Leading up to the meetings, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been linked to a lot of free agents, but have yet to make a move, outside of letting a few players from the 2010 roster go.  The main areas of focus for the Pirates have been the starting rotation, a first baseman/right fielder, and a shortstop.  The...

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Pirates Have an Interest in Brandon Webb

According to Jerry Crasnick, the Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the teams with an interest in starting pitcher Brandon Webb.  Webb missed the entire 2010 season with a shoulder injury, and only made one start in 2009.  He made an appearance in the instructional leagues at the beginning of October, but only topped out at 85 MPH with his fastball, and didn’t have much of a curveball.  Following the instructional leagues, Webb was...

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Pittsburgh Pirates 2011 Rumor Tracker

There is no shortage of rumors throughout the off-season.  Those rumors can start by a simple mention of a player, and spread like wildfire, to the point where a day after the mention fans are penciling the player in to future lineups, regardless of whether the team is actually pursuing the player.  Eventually, it gets hard to determine how the rumor started, or how much truth there is to the rumor.  I will be keeping track of all of...

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