Pirates close to signing Hinske

I’ve been busy today with the last day of the conference. Tough stuff today. Was out with a bunch of guys from Yahoo and ESPN last night until around 4, woke up today around 9:30, then went to Chick-fil-a for breakfast, only to find that they were giving out free chicken biscuits every Wednesday this month. I hope this isn’t just a Florida thing. Then after taking Orlando Hudson and Travis Snider in the never-ending FSTA...

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A look at the free agent starting pitching market

According to Dejan Kovacevic at the PPG, the Pirates have made contact with free agent starting pitcher Braden Looper (blurb can be found at the bottom of the page). While this information doesn’t necessarily mean the Pirates will sign Looper, or even that they’re talking to Looper about a deal, it does bring up a question on the starting pitching market: where does the market currently stand? At the Winter Meetings we saw...

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