Winter Meetings Day One: Who’s On First?

Coming in to the winter meetings, it was clear that the biggest need for the Pittsburgh Pirates was at first base.  The team saw strong defensive additions at catcher and shortstop already this off-season, although the strong defense doesn’t come with much offense for the lineup.  The moves make sense if you add a first baseman who can fit in to the cleanup role and give the lineup a boost. The Pirates are pretty much set at...

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Free Agent Rumors: DeRosa, McLouth

A few rumors from John Perrotto earlier this evening via Twitter: -The Pirates are interested in Mark DeRosa on a minor league deal, according to Perrotto.  We heard that they checked on him last week. Perrotto adds that he is believed to be looking for a major league deal somewhere, and that the Pirates would view him as a contingency plan if Pedro Alvarez struggles again. -The Pirates like the idea of signing Nate McLouth because...

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Pirates Checked on Mark DeRosa

The Pittsburgh Pirates were one of four teams who spoke with Mark DeRosa’s surgeon, according to Ken Rosenthal.  DeRosa has been sidelined for a good amount of time the last two years with a left wrist injury, which required two surgeries.  The Nationals, Rangers, and Indians have also spoken to DeRosa’s surgeon, and the Giants have expressed interest, according to Rosenthal. DeRosa hit for a .367/.439/.388 line in 57...

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