A trade in the works?

Earlier today it was reported that the Pirates claimed outfielder Brandon Jones off of waivers from the Atlanta Braves.  Shortly after the move, Rob Biertempfel posted a comment on Twitter telling Pirates fans not to get too attached to Jones.  After the comment I speculated that Jones might have been a “claim and trade”, since only the Washington Nationals had a shot at Jones, and it’s likely that one of...

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The starting pitching market isn't hurting

Someday in the future when I have kids I’m going to focus on teaching them one thing: the art of pitching.  Forget riding bikes, homework, and how to mow the yard (well, maybe not that last part, I’m fine with them taking over those duties), they need to become pitchers.  I’ll stress that because it seems like the starting pitching market is recession proof. Coming in to the off-season we heard a lot of...

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Matt Capps, Bobby Crosby, Rule 5, John Russell

A few tidbits from Dejan Kovacevic at the PPG: -In John Russell’s press conference, he mentions that Matt Capps is the closer.  Hopefully this means Capps will be retained going in to next season.  I realize fans are down on him right now (which is expected for a closer coming off such a horrible year), but Capps is only a year removed from a 3.02 ERA in 53.2 innings as the closer in 2008, which followed a 2.28 ERA in...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: Hot Stove Heating Up

Although nothing has been made official, the Pirates made their first major move of the Winter Meetings, nearing an agreement with free agent shortstop Bobby Crosby, formerly of the Oakland Athletics.  The Pirates have been looking for a shortstop who can push starter Ronny Cedeno defensively, and with Adam Everett signing with the Detroit Tigers yesterday, the pursuit of Crosby intensified. Nothing has been confirmed, and Neal...

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Pirates talking Doumit with Toronto

UPDATE 3:45 PM:  DK says to watch for Jeremy Accardo, who could be involved in a deal.  Accardo is a risk to be non-tendered by Toronto on Friday.  Accardo is coming off a year in which he posted a 2.55 ERA in 24.2 innings pitched.  However, Accardo had a 6.2 BB/9 ratio, and was optioned to AAA several times throughout the season.  Accardo had a 2.14 ERA in 67.1 innings in 2007 as Toronto’s closer, with...

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