Thursday Trade Rumors

UPDATE 8:36 PM: Luis Cruz will get the call, according to Scott McCauley. You could look at this two ways: either the Pirates are going to trade Freddy Sanchez soon, or Freddy Sanchez isn’t ready to return from his injury. Dejan Kovacevic reports that nothing is imminent on a Sanchez deal, which means Cruz is probably up because Freddy isn’t ready to play. The 25-Man Roster page is updated with the addition of Cruz....

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Pirates Notebook: Could Garrett Jones be part of the future?

One thing that always frustrates me as a Pittsburgh Pirates fan is the fact that we never seem to stumble on to the “where did that come from” major league players. I’m talking about guys like Jorge Cantu with Florida last year, or Kyle Lohse with St. Louis. Even when we try, like adding Eric Hinske, who hit 20 homers for Tampa Bay last year, it doesn’t work out. Maybe Garrett Jones could be that guy for us....

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Freddy Sanchez selected to the All-Star Game

Freddy Sanchez was selected to the NL All-Star team as the lone representative for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year. The announcement is significant for the 2009 option that Sanchez has. Sanchez has an $8 M option next year with a $0.6 M buyout. However, the option has a trigger clause, which guarantees the 2010 salary based on plate appearances. Sanchez needed 635 plate appearances, or 600 plate appearances and an All-Star selection....

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Pirates Notebook: Post Trade Thoughts

I wrote on the Eric Hinske trade and the Nyjer Morgan/Sean Burnett trade earlier today. Check out those links for my thoughts on the deals. In the aftermath of the trades, I’ve got a few more thoughts, which I will provide in no specific order: Where are the left handers? The big issue, following the trade of Burnett, is the lack of left handers in the bullpen. It seemed like the Pirates had nothing but left handers in their...

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Pirates Notebook: The classic debate

I mentioned some thoughts on the Nyjer Morgan for Lastings Milledge trade rumors Friday night. Since that point I’ve been thinking about the non-baseball aspect of the deal. There are two opinions on the trade rumors from what I can tell. One side wants Milledge because he’s a talented player that could be an upside over Morgan if he puts it all together. The other side doesn’t want Milledge because he is considered...

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