2010 Winter Meetings Recap

The Major League Baseball Winter Meetings are clearly a big deal.  All you have to do is look at the amount of transactions and news around the league over the last four days to see this.  The meetings get the most attention during the off-season, and because of that, they often receive more focus than they should, at least in terms of grading the off-season moves. The Pirates were busy during the meetings, adding left handed pitcher...

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Pirates Close to Deal for Kawakami?

Rob Biertempfel tweets that a source tells him the Pittsburgh Pirates seem to be close to a deal for Kenshin Kawakami.  He says that money is one hold up, and that another holdup is when/if Paul Maholm is dealt.  Could be two situations to watch today. Yesterday I looked at why the Pirates might be looking at Kawakami.  The ideal situation would be for the Pirates to take on a large sum of his salary in exchange for acquiring a cheap...

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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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Why are the Pirates Still Looking at Kawakami?

On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates were reported to have shown interest in Atlanta Braves starter Kenshin Kawakami.  Yesterday there was speculation that their interest may be cooling after the signings of Kevin Correia and Scott Olsen.  However, Dejan Kovacevic updates us today by saying that he’s hearing the Pirates are still talking trade for Kawakami. With Correia and Olsen on the verge of completing their deals, you have to...

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Interest in Kawakami Cools?

Rob Biertempfel has an update on Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kenshin Kawakami, suggesting that the Pittsburgh Pirates interest may have cooled now that the team has agreed to deals with Kevin Correia and Scott Olsen. We heard yesterday that the Pirates had some interest in trading for Kawakami, and that the Atlanta Braves were willing to pick up all but $1-2 M of his salary, and weren’t looking for much in return.  Shortly...

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