Thursday Rumors: Pirates Looking at Jason Kubel

Here are the Pirates trade rumors for Thursday: -Jayson Stark has a big list of updates on ESPN about the Pirates.  He mentions that the Pirates have said their number one focus is finding a “professional hitter”, per a club official that has been speaking with the Pirates.  Stark adds that they seem to have backed off of Carlos Pena, and that they are lukewarm on Josh Willingham and B.J. Upton.  He does mention that they...

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Monday Rumors: Giambi, Upton, Wigginton, Iannetta

Catching up on some of today’s rumors: -Buster Olney didn’t really have a rumor, but speculated that Jason Giambi would be a good fit for the Pirates as a bench bat.  Giambi is currently hitting for a .263/.360/.632 line with Colorado, and he’s doing just as well on the road as he is at home in Coor’s.  He’s only seen 95 at-bats this year, so he’s pretty much thriving in the bench role in Colorado....

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Pirates Interested in Chris Iannetta

The Pittsburgh Pirates are among a number of teams that have asked the Colorado Rockies about catcher Chris Iannetta, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  Iannetta is currently hitting for a .224/.376/.412 line in 228 at-bats this season.  His best year was in 2008, when he hit for a .264/.390/.505 line in 333 at-bats.  That was under Clint Hurdle. Iannetta is making $2.55 M this year, and is under contract for $3.55 M in...

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Pirates Out of the Mix For Beltran?

Buster Olney had two interesting updates regarding the Pittsburgh Pirates today.  The first update discussed their reluctance to deal away “major assets”: Rival officials view the Pirates’ approach to the trade deadline as very, very careful. Lots of indications PITT isn’t trading major assets. Olney also provided this update on the Carlos Beltran market: Source:Carlos Beltran trade talks down to five serious...

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Trade Values: Relief Pitching Options

Over the last few days, we’ve heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at bullpen upgrades.  They’ve already started adding to the bullpen today, with the anticipated addition of Jason Grilli.  Yesterday I detailed a list of bullpen options they’ve been linked to.  Adding to that list, we’ve recently heard rumors about Oakland Athletics pitchers Craig Breslow and Grant Balfour.  To get an idea about what...

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