International Updates: Cespedes, Chen, Wada

Rob Biertempfel has a few updates on some international free agents via Twitter: -He mentions that the Pirates have interest in Yoenis Cespedes, but that they will quickly back away if the bidding gets crazy. -The Pirates have interest in left handers Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada, according to Biertempfel.  This is the second time we’ve heard the team linked to Wada.  About a month ago Jon Heyman mentioned the Pirates as one...

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Huntington on Hanrahan, Alvarez, Marte, Cole, Cespedes

Over the weekend, Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington participated in “Going to Bat for Vermont Farmers” – a baseball roundtable which also featured Brian Cashman, Theo Epstein, and Buster Olney.  Sox Detox was in attendance for the event, and spoke with Huntington afterwards on several key topics this off-season.  I recommend checking it out.  Also, check out the recap from the roundtable.  Some of...

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Pirates Have a Visit Scheduled With Cespedes

Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus reports (via MLBTR) that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be one of the teams who will be scheduling a visit with Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes in the coming weeks.  We heard on Monday that the Pirates were one of the teams who attended the workouts of Cespedes. The article by Goldstein also features some quotes from Edgar Mercedes, the advisor to Cespedes, who created the video.  Mercedes talks...

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Pirates Are Suitors for Yoenis Cespedes

Earlier today a scouting video was released of top Cuban prospect Yoenis Cespedes, who is expected to be declared a free agent in the next few weeks.  The video has since been removed, but was a pretty impressive display of Cespedes’ abilities.  On top of that, the video was somewhat entertaining, with some odd footage, including a Star Wars styled intro, and Cespedes roasting a pig at the end. Cespedes is a 26 year old center...

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