Pirates Mulling Swap With Athletics?

Rob Biertempfel of the Trib reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are mulling a swap with the Oakland Athletics that would include left handed pitcher Craig Breslow and outfielder Josh Willingham.  Biertempfel mentions that Garrett Jones would likely be out the door, although I’m not sure if that means it would be a Jones for Willingham/Breslow swap. Breslow is making $1.4 M this year, and would be under team control for the 2012...

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Pirates Have Also Checked on Conor Jackson

  Earlier today we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates had been evaluating Oakland Athletics outfielder Josh Willingham.  Jerry Crasnick reports tonight that the Pirates have also checked on Oakland first baseman Conor Jackson, as well as Willingham.  Jackson is currently hitting for a .243/.316/.313 line in 230 at-bats.  In his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks he hit for a .277/.358/.423 line, although most of that production...

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Pirates Evaluating Josh Willingham

We’ve heard in the last few days that the Pittsburgh Pirates are looking at veteran outfielders, although no names have been brought up.  Today, Buster Olney reports that the Pirates are evaluating outfielder Josh Willingham, and that they’ve been in contact with the Oakland Athletics. Willingham is currently hitting for a .247/.322/.439 line in Oakland, with 12 homers.  Oakland is known to have a pitcher friendly park,...

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Rosenthal Full Count: Pirates Aggressively Pursuing Upgrades

In the latest segment of “Full Count” by Ken Rosenthal, the FOX Sports reporter goes in to detail about the Pittsburgh Pirates and some rumors as we head to the trade deadline.  The video can be found above, and the Pirates segment starts at the 1:46 mark.  Here are the highlights: -He says the Pirates are “aggressively pursuing upgrades”. -He mentions that the Pirates will get a lot of help from injured...

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What Kind of Trade Value Does Hanrahan Have?

Over the weekend, we learned that the Texas Rangers have inquired on Joel Hanrahan, making this the second instance that the Rangers have been connected to Hanrahan.  The Pittsburgh closer currently has a 1.66 ERA and is 13-for-13 with save opportunities, along with a 16:5 K/BB ratio in 21.2 innings. Normally when a trade rumor is brought up, especially a “Team A is interested in Player B” rumor, it leads to the inevitable...

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