Pirates Tried to Trade for Hardy on Thursday

It seems like a certainty that the Pittsburgh Pirates will try to upgrade their starting shortstop position in 2011.  We’ve heard that the team is interested in J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett.  Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pirates tried to trade for Hardy on Thursday, prior to the non-tender deadline.  Rosenthal mentions that the Pirates continue to pursue Bartlett and Hardy. Dejan Kovacevic mentioned Cedeno is his morning...

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Pirates Will Still Look to Upgrade Shortstop

Yesterday there were some questions as to whether the Pittsburgh Pirates would still pursue a shortstop upgrade after signing Ronny Cedeno to a one year deal with a 2012 option.  Jennifer Langosch mentions today that the team will still look to upgrade the shortstop position, and that if they do find an upgrade, they would be comfortable moving Cedeno to a utility role.  Langosch also mentions that Cedeno has been playing the outfield...

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Non-Tender Deadline Preview

The non-tender deadline is tonight, Thursday night, at midnight.  Teams must decide whether to tender their arbitration eligible players contracts, or non-tender them and allow them to become free agents.  This can lead to some potential trades, as one team’s non-tender candidate can be another team’s treasure.  The Pirates shouldn’t have any big surprises with their internal decisions, but don’t be surprised...

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Pirates Interested in Bartlett and Hardy

Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have an interest in shortstops J.J. Hardy from Minnesota, and Jason Bartlett from Tampa Bay.  Morosi also mentions that the Pirates may have caught a break in the shortstop market, as the San Francisco Giants recently signed Miguel Tejada, and the St. Louis Cardinals traded for Ryan Theriot. You probably know my take on Bartlett by now.  I don’t think he would be an upgrade...

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Shortstop Updates

A few updates on the shortstop front today: -The Pirates were never linked to him, and it was only my wish list, but Ryan Theriot was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, in exchange for Blake Hawksworth. -Jon Paul Morosi reports that the San Francisco Giants have increased their pursuit of Jason Bartlett, and are one of the most serious suitors for the Tampa Bay shortstop. -Morosi also mentions that the Minnesota Twins aren’t...

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