Winter Meetings Notebook: A Quiet First Day

Is it just me, or does it seem like day one of the MLB Winter Meetings was the calm before the storm for the Pittsburgh Pirates? I don’t think the Pirates are going to light the world on fire and sign a few top free agents, or make some blockbuster trade, but it certainly looks like we could see some moves in the next few days.  Consider the following events: -The Pirates need one spot cleared on the 40-man roster by today,...

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Selling low on Ryan Doumit

Word came out this week that the Pirates would be interested in trading their starting catcher, Ryan Doumit, if the price was right. Before I continue, the Pirates haven’t said they are shopping Doumit. They haven’t said they’ve gotten any offers. We don’t even know what teams have expressed interest, just that there are teams who have expressed interest. So it’s far from a guarantee that a Ryan Doumit...

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Let the Ryan Doumit rumors begin

It should be no surprise that the Pittsburgh Pirates would be interested in trading Ryan Doumit. The Pirates have two major league catchers who showed they were capable of holding down the position without Doumit last season. The Pirates used their 2009 first round pick on Tony Sanchez, a catcher who is expected to rise quickly through the minor league system. The writing is pretty much on the wall for Doumit. Some may be surprised...

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Pirates offered Capps for J.J. Hardy

The Milwaukee Brewers traded J.J. Hardy to the Minnesota Twins last week for center field prospect Carlos Gomez. Today, Dejan Kovacevic reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates offered closer Matt Capps to the Brewers for Hardy, before Milwaukee traded Hardy to the Twins. I wrote a few weeks ago on the OBN forum that I felt Capps for Hardy would have been the perfect trade. Both players were coming off of down years, both players had two...

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Grabow and Gorzelanny traded to Cubs

UPDATE 5:50 PM: According to Jennifer Langosch, the Pirates received RHP Kevin Hart, RHP Jose Ascanio, and IF Josh Harrison.UPDATE 5:48 PM: A lot of rumors going around that the Pirates got Jay Jackson in return. Jackson was the #9 prospect for the Cubs this season, and their 9th round pick in the 2008 draft.UPDATE 5:45 PM: DK says a deal is done. Grabow and Gorzelanny to the Cubs. No official word on the return yet. – According...

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