This Date in Pirates History: January 16

On this date in 1948 the Pittsburgh Pirates purchased third baseman Eddie Bockman from the Cleveland Indians. He had started his career in the minors in 1939 but before he could make his major league debut he spent three years serving in the military during WWII. When he returned he played briefly for the 1946 Yankees who traded him to the Indians after the season. In 46 games with Cleveland in 1947 he hit .258 with 14 RBIs in just 66...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: A Quiet First Day

Is it just me, or does it seem like day one of the MLB Winter Meetings was the calm before the storm for the Pittsburgh Pirates? I don’t think the Pirates are going to light the world on fire and sign a few top free agents, or make some blockbuster trade, but it certainly looks like we could see some moves in the next few days.  Consider the following events: -The Pirates need one spot cleared on the 40-man roster by today,...

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Adam Everett, Willie Eyre, Left Handed Relief, Waivers, Luis Cruz, Rule 5

A few Winter Meetings news and rumors: -Jennifer Langosch tweets that Luis Cruz was claimed off of waivers by the Milwaukee Brewers.  That clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the Pirates.  The 40-man roster/payroll projection is updated with the move (I’m leaving the space as a potential Rule 5 pick for now). -Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Pirates are interested in shortstop Adam Everett.  Everett is like...

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Pirates interested in Nady, Crosby, Villone, and Hensley

A few updates from Dejan Kovacevic over at the PBC Blog from the last two days: -The Pirates have expressed interest in former Pirates Xavier Nady and Ron Villone.  DK mentions that the team is just contacting these players to let them know they’d be interested if they’re available closer to Spring Training.  Nady would be a good buy low option at this point for first base and right field.  He’s coming...

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