Two Pittsburgh Pirates free agent rumors, after a few weeks of little to no news:
–Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates have had discussions with Paul Maholm, although a return seems unlikely. Kovacevic mentions that the Pirates are looking to upgrade the rotation, but that those additions will probably come from non-roster invitees, rather than a high profile addition. We heard earlier that the Pirates agreed to sign Jo-Jo Reyes to a minor league deal.
–Phil Mackey of ESPN 1500 has an article on the Minnesota Twins’ bullpen search. He mentions that one of the targets, Dan Wheeler, has drawn interest from the Pirates. However, he adds that one baseball person indicated that Neal Huntington isn’t ready to offer a guaranteed contract. Wheeler turned 34 in December, and has a 3.65 ERA in 155.1 innings over the last three years, with a 7.5 K/9, a 1.9 BB/9, and a 1.4 HR/9 ratio.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.