Shortstop Updates: Brendan Ryan, Jason Bartlett

Two updates on the shortstop front from today: -Jennifer Langosch reports that Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan has drawn “mild interest” from the Pirates.  Ryan is expendable by St. Louis after the Cardinals acquired Ryan Theriot from the Los Angeles Dodgers.  The main appeal Ryan has is his defense.  He has a career 11.4 UZR/150 at the shortstop position.  The downside is that his offensive numbers have been poor.  He...

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Pirates Could Trade Rule 5 Pick

Neal Huntington said today that the pool of available players for the 2010 Rule 5 draft wasn’t a good one, and that the Pirates could trade their first overall selection.  Deals involving Rule 5 selections aren’t uncommon.  Last year the Washington Nationals traded the first pick in the Rule 5 draft to the New York Yankees in exchange for relief pitcher Brian Bruney, who was coming off a season with a 3.92 ERA in 39...

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Pirates Have Some Interest in Kawakami

Jennifer Langosch reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have shown some interest in Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kenshin Kawakami.  The Braves owe Kawakami one year and $6.667 M on his three year deal, and are expected to pick up all but $1-2 M of his salary, while not wanting much in return. Kawakami had a strong debut in the US in 2009, with a 3.86 ERA in 156.1 innings, along with a 6.0 K/9 and a 3.3 BB/9 ratio.  He was a bit lucky...

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Trade Rumors: Doumit, Hanrahan, Meek, Pitchers

Dejan Kovacevic has an update from the Winter Meetings, looking at some news and rumors on the internal trade possibilities: -Kovacevic says that the Pirates would love to trade Ryan Doumit.  That should come as no surprise, since Doumit will make $5.1 M next year as a backup, and potential right fielder.  He mentions the Pirates would have to pick up salary in any trade, unless another team sees Doumit as a legit option in the...

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2010 Pittsburgh Pirates Winter Meetings Preview

The 2010 MLB Winter Meetings kick off tomorrow, and run through Thursday afternoon, finishing off with the 2010 Rule 5 draft.  Leading up to the meetings, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been linked to a lot of free agents, but have yet to make a move, outside of letting a few players from the 2010 roster go.  The main areas of focus for the Pirates have been the starting rotation, a first baseman/right fielder, and a shortstop.  The...

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