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 Agree to 2 Year Deal With Correia

The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a two year deal with Kevin Correia for around $8 M, according to Jerry Crasnick.  We heard earlier today that the Pirates were looking at Correia, among other pitchers.  If you’ve read any of my previous write ups on Correia, you know that I’m a fan, and expected him to be available for around $5 M a season.  Back in November I said that Correia could be one of the best values on the...

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Pirates Looking at Kevin Correia

Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at free agent starting pitcher Kevin Correia.  Rosenthal added “among others” which I take to mean the Pirates are looking at other starters. Correia is a year removed from a strong season in the San Diego rotation, which saw him put up a 3.91 ERA in 198 innings, along with a 6.5 K/9, a 2.9 BB/9, and a 0.8 HR/9.  He struggled in 2010, with a 5.40 ERA in 145...

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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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Rotation Options: De La Rosa, Correia, Millwood

Yesterday MLBTR released their list of the top 50 free agents, with Tim Dierkes predicting that the Pittsburgh Pirates would sign Hiroki Kuroda.  Today, the rest of the MLBTR writers add their thoughts and predictions on the top 50 free agents, with the Pirates linked to a few more pitchers. Steve Adams predicts that the Pirates will sign Jorge de la Rosa. Mark Polishuk predicts that the Pirates will sign Kevin Millwood and Kevin...

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