Could the Pirates Start Trading Prospects Soon?

In my interview with Neal Huntington last week, I asked him whether the Pittsburgh Pirates would be open to trading prospects for major league players.  His response was: We are getting to the point in time where we’re going to be a lot more open to trading our prospects. To trade a top notch prospect for a short term fill, probably not. We’re not there yet. Are we ever going to be there? That’s always going to be a...

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2010 Rule 5 Draft Live Blog

The 2010 Rule 5 Draft is today at 9:00 AM.  The Pittsburgh Pirates own the first pick in the draft, with plenty of rumors surrounding how they could use the selection.  I will be following all of the draft news leading up to the draft, along with the draft itself.  For a preview of the draft, check out my notebook from last night. 8:00 AM: One hour until the draft.  Check out the latest Rule 5 buzz from John Manuel at Baseball...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: Rule 5 Draft Preview

Day three of the winter meetings wrapped up without any moves being made by the Pittsburgh Pirates, although we did have several rumors and updates about players the Pirates are talking to.  Day four will almost certainly bring at least one transaction, as the 2010 Rule 5 draft will take place at 9:00 AM, with the Pirates having the first overall pick. The Pirates haven’t said whether they will use the selection, or trade it...

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Rule 5 Updates: Elvin Ramirez, Trades

The Rule 5 draft is tomorrow afternoon, and there are a few updates on the Pirates’ first overall pick. -Dejan Kovacevic mentioned this morning that Elvin Ramirez, a right handed pitcher with the New York Mets, is a guy to keep an eye on.  Buster Olney tweeted that Ramirez is widely expected to be the first pick in the draft tomorrow.  Ramirez was the #26 prospect in the Mets’ farm system heading in to the 2009 season....

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2010 Rule 5 Options: Wynn Pelzer

The Baltimore Orioles traded Miguel Tejada to the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline in 2010, receiving one player in return: Wynn Pelzer.  Pelzer was recently rated the number six prospect in the Baltimore farm system heading in to the 2011 season, but for some reason the Orioles left him unprotected from the Rule 5 draft. The right hander has been a starter in his career, but profiles best as a reliever, due to the lack of a...

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