Pirates want a major league ready starter for Maholm

A lot of Paul Maholm rumors today, which can be summed up here at MLB Trade Rumors.  The key pieces of information: -The San Diego Padres, Los Angeles Dodgers, and New York Mets are the three teams mentioned as interested in Maholm. -A few reports that the Pirates and Padres are close on a deal, although Dejan Kovacevic tweets that the two teams aren’t close to a deal. -Dejan also reports that the Pirates are looking for a major...

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Trade Rumors: Garrett Jones, Javier Lopez, Zach Duke, Octavio Dotel

Three days away from the July 31st trade deadline and we’ve got some rumors… -The big rumor from Ed Price involves Garrett Jones and the Anaheim Angels.  Price mentions that the Angels inquired on Jones, but balked at the Pittsburgh asking price of Maicer Izturis.  Izturis wouldn’t be a horrible return for Jones.  Izturis is about a year older than Jones, has a career 4.1 UZR/150 at the shortstop position, and has...

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Carrasco Is Cashing In

D.J. Carrasco plays many roles in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen.  He pitches long relief when a starter goes down early.  He’s a mop up guy when the team is either really far behind, or really far ahead.  He pitches in both clutch situations or less important middle relief roles.  He can also start, although he has yet to do that this year.  Carrasco is basically a utility pitcher, and a good one at that. This explains...

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Asking For the Moon

All year the Pittsburgh Pirates have said we aren’t likely to see a repeat of their 2008 and 2009 trade practices, which saw almost everyone on the major league roster shipped off for a massive supply of prospects and young major league players.  For obvious reasons, these claims have been met with skepticism, with most Pirates fans expecting players like Ryan Doumit, Paul Maholm, Zach Duke, and Octavio Dotel to be traded away....

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Trade Rumors: Dodgers, Carrasco, Chulk, Phillies, Lewis

Nothing like trade rumors as the July 31st trade deadline nears… -As mentioned earlier today, the Los Angeles Dodgers are interested in Paul Maholm.  Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Dodgers are also looking for a reliever, something the Pirates have to offer (Octavio Dotel?).  Olney mentions the Dodgers will need financial relief, similar to the Casey Blake deal (which saw the Dodgers give up Carlos Santana)....

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