Why are the Pirates Still Looking at Kawakami?

On Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates were reported to have shown interest in Atlanta Braves starter Kenshin Kawakami.  Yesterday there was speculation that their interest may be cooling after the signings of Kevin Correia and Scott Olsen.  However, Dejan Kovacevic updates us today by saying that he’s hearing the Pirates are still talking trade for Kawakami. With Correia and Olsen on the verge of completing their deals, you have to...

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Are the Pirates Building Trade Depth?

It’s hard to draw any conclusions about the projected 2011 roster this early in the off-season, but after two days of the MLB Winter Meetings there are two trends that suggest the Pittsburgh Pirates could be looking to add some trade depth to the major league roster. The first trend is the focus on late inning relievers.  The Pirates made an offer to J.J. Putz before he signed a two year, $10 M deal with the Arizona...

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Pirates Making Offers to Relievers

Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Pittsburgh Pirates are showing interest and making offers on a number of free agent relievers.  Rosenthal mentions that the team made an offer to J.J. Putz, who recently signed a two year, $10 M deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks.  He also mentions that they’re looking at guys like Kevin Gregg, who they looked at last year before signing Octavio Dotel.  Putz was also a guy they looked at last year....

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Interest in Kawakami Cools?

Rob Biertempfel has an update on Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kenshin Kawakami, suggesting that the Pittsburgh Pirates interest may have cooled now that the team has agreed to deals with Kevin Correia and Scott Olsen. We heard yesterday that the Pirates had some interest in trading for Kawakami, and that the Atlanta Braves were willing to pick up all but $1-2 M of his salary, and weren’t looking for much in return.  Shortly...

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Winter Meetings Notebook: It’s All About Pitching

The Washington Nationals made a huge splash on the free agent market on Sunday, announcing a seven year, $126 M deal with outfielder Jayson Werth.  The deal has gotten a lot of attention, both due to the impact of the signing on the free agent market, and the statement the Nationals made.  Despite the signing, I really don’t see the Nationals as a team that has greatly improved.  Werth has looked good over the last two years,...

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