Pirates Stepping up Efforts to Trade Doumit

Following the signing of Lyle Overbay, Rob Biertempfel reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are stepping up their efforts to trade catcher Ryan Doumit.  Doumit will make $5.1 M in 2011, and after the addition of Overbay, will move to the bench as a very expensive backup catcher. Doumit’s market value might have seen an increase recently, after the Yankees signed Russell Martin.  Doumit and Martin are both very similar players...

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Pirates Sign Lyle Overbay

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed Lyle Overbay to a one year deal, according to the team twitter account.  I detailed the Overbay rumors in a post from earlier today. Overbay isn’t the most inspiring free agent addition.  He’s coming off a .243/.329/.433 line in 534 at-bats in 2010, with 20 homers during that span.  The left hander has been better in his career against right handed hitters, with an .838 OPS, compared to a...

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Pirates, Lyle Overbay Close to a Deal?

Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been talking to free agent first baseman Lyle Overbay, according to Morosi’s sources.  Morosi mentions that it’s not clear if the two sides are close to a deal. Overbay turns 34 in January, and is coming off a season where he hit for a .243/.329/.433 line in 534 at-bats.  That’s similar to his combined numbers from 2008-2010, where he has a .259/.352/.437 line....

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Potential Off-Season Targets: First Basemen

A week ago I looked at some options to fill the starting pitching needs for the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates.  Since then, a few names and rumors have emerged, with the focus mostly being on pitching.  Despite the coverage focusing around pitchers, the 2011 Pirates have a few more needs on the team.  One of the needs is either a first baseman or a right fielder. In my current 25-man roster projection I have Garrett Jones projected as the...

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