First Pitch: The First Base Rumor Mill is Active
Dec10

First Pitch: The First Base Rumor Mill is Active

Day one of the Winter Meetings is over, and it was pretty uneventful for most of the league. There were a lot of rumors — or for the Pirates there were actual rumors and topics to discuss — but nothing went down. That’s kind of expected after all of the moves that were made last week. A lot of the rumors today seemed to indicate that some moves could be made later this week. That was especially true with the first...

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Is First Base Now a Buyer’s Market?
Dec04

Is First Base Now a Buyer’s Market?

There have been a few moves involving first base this off-season which have really shifted the market. The Twins had a need at first base, but filled that when they moved Joe Mauer to the position full time. The Rangers acquired Prince Fielder from the Tigers, and Detroit moved Miguel Cabrera across the diamond to replace Fielder. Those two moves eliminated at least two teams from the free agent market, without removing any free...

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Non-Pirates Rumors: Ike Davis, Mark Trumbo
Nov13

Non-Pirates Rumors: Ike Davis, Mark Trumbo

First base is a position of need for the Pittsburgh Pirates this off-season. There are a few free agent options available who could fill that need. There are also some trade options, including two that a lot of Pirates fans are talking about. Those two are Mark Trumbo of the Angels and Ike Davis of the Mets. This morning I noticed updates on both players from Jon Heyman, and neither specifically mentioned the Pirates as a team of...

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The Angels Would Trade Mark Trumbo For Pitching
Oct29

The Angels Would Trade Mark Trumbo For Pitching

Buster Olney reported today that Angels first baseman Mark Trumbo is available for pitching. The Angels want pitching,and sources say they've indicated a willingness to other teams to trade Peter Bourjos or/and Mark Trumbo to get it. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) October 29, 2013 That news already has Pirates fans salivating, since the Pirates have a need at first base, a need in the middle of the order, and have a lot of...

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Pirates Tried to Trade For Mark Trumbo, Which Isn’t Happening
Jul31

Pirates Tried to Trade For Mark Trumbo, Which Isn’t Happening

Earlier today there was a report from┬áMike DiGiovanna of the LA Times that the Pirates inquired on Mark Trumbo and might be willing to part with a young starting pitcher. Heard rumblings that #Pirates inquired about #Angels 1B Mark Trumbo and might be willing to part with young SP; not sure if it has legs. — Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) July 31, 2013 It seems that those talks have gone nowhere. Jon Heyman reports that the...

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