Pirates Offering Paul Maholm

Dejan Kovacevic tweets that he’s hearing the Pittsburgh Pirates are offering left handed starter Paul Maholm on the trade market.  That’s something I speculated about this morning, after this week’s additions of Kevin Correia and Scott Olsen, combined with the continued interest in Kenshin Kawakami and other starting pitchers. My guess is that Maholm would bring in anything from a grade B pitcher or hitter, to a top...

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Jason Bartlett Traded to the Padres

The Tampa Bay Rays have traded shortstop Jason Bartlett to the San Diego Padres, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com.  We heard earlier that the Padres and Pirates were the two teams in the bidding for the shortstop, and it appears that Bartlett was dealt for Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell. I don’t think the loss of Bartlett is that big of a deal, as I’ve said many times before.  His defense has been on a constant decline,...

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Wednesday Shortstop Updates

A lot of updates today on the two top shortstops available on the market, J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett, with the Pittsburgh Pirates involved with both players. The J.J. Hardy sweepstakes seems to be down to the Baltimore Orioles and the Pirates.  Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that both teams are still in, and that Cesar Izturis is an option for Baltimore if they miss out on Hardy.  Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun mentioned that...

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Rule 5 Updates: Elvin Ramirez, Trades

The Rule 5 draft is tomorrow afternoon, and there are a few updates on the Pirates’ first overall pick. -Dejan Kovacevic mentioned this morning that Elvin Ramirez, a right handed pitcher with the New York Mets, is a guy to keep an eye on.  Buster Olney tweeted that Ramirez is widely expected to be the first pick in the draft tomorrow.  Ramirez was the #26 prospect in the Mets’ farm system heading in to the 2009 season....

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Pirates Pushing Hard to Trade Doumit

Dejan Kovacevic has an update on Ryan Doumit, noting that the Pirates are really pushing hard to trade him, according to a National League scout.  We’ve heard that the Pirates are looking to trade Doumit, although the Pirates did say that he was currently their starting right fielder. Kovacevic mentions that the Pirates are open to a wide array of scenarios for the trade, including scenarios where they take on salary to improve...

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