First Pitch: Are the Free Agent Deals Really That Crazy?

We’ve seen some crazy deals this off-season. Angel Pagan received four years and $40 M. Shane Victorino signed today for three years and $39 M. You could even argue that Russell Martin’s two years and $17 M deal seems high. I started looking at the deals that have been signed this year, comparing them to last year. My theory was that this year would produce a higher cost per WAR, all due to the additional revenue that will...

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The High Asking Prices For Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino

Buster Olney had the following update this morning about the asking price for Hunter Pence to the Pittsburgh Pirates (h/t to Bucs Dugout): All the way up to July 30th, Philadelphia's asking price on Hunter Pence for Pirates was Starling Marte, Lincoln and more. Pretty pricey. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) August 2, 2012 With that type of return, I’d imagine there was also talk of the Phillies picking up some salary in...

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Pirates Don’t Seem Alive on Victorino

Ken Rosenthal had the following tweet this morning about the Pittsburgh Pirates and Shane Victorino. Things can change quickly over next 31 hours, but #Pirates did not seem alive on Victorino as of late last night. #Phillies — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 30, 2012 As Rosenthal notes, things could change between now and tomorrow’s deadline. The news is a bit surprising, as we’ve heard the Pirates connected to...

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Saturday Trade Rumors: Victorino, Headley, Marte, Padres, West Virginia

A few days remaining until the trade deadline. Here are the rumors from Saturday. **Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the trade buzz surrounding Shane Victorino has picked up. Salisbury names the Pirates, Reds, Dodgers, and Giants as teams who are interested and who are currently scouting Victorino. **Jayson Stark of ESPN.com notes that the Pirates are portraying themselves as a team that is content with Starling Marte, and...

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Pirates Looking For a Bat, Bidding on Victorino

Following the trade for Wandy Rodriguez, the Pittsburgh Pirates are now going for a hitter. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates are seeking help at first base or the outfield. Rob Biertempfel reports that the Pirates asked for Shane Victorino, but talks were hung up when Philadelphia asked for Brad Lincoln. Biertempfel reports the Pirates were offering Jared Hughes and a minor leaguer. Victorino is having a down year,...

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