Tag:Pittsburgh Pirates
Posted on: January 15, 2010 10:46 am

Pirates nearing deal with Dotel

The Pirates are nearing a deal with free-agent reliever Octavio Dotel, a source confirmed with MLB.com .

According to the report, the two sides are close, but no agreement is in place yet.

Though Pittsburgh is expected to have offered Dotel a Major League deal, it is unlikely that the salary will approach what Dotel earned last year given general manager Neal Huntington's hesitancy to pay relievers big dollars.

Posted on: January 11, 2010 11:20 am

Pirates looking at Church

The Pirates are in talks with free-agent outfielder Ryan Church. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the interest in Church intensified after the club was losing ground on Rick Ankiel.  Kovacevic thinks that Church is just as attractive an option.

Church appears to fit the Pirates' profile for their primary position-player need, in that they seek a reserve outfielder capable of stepping into everyday duty if needed.

The Pirates have had extensive conversations with Church, but steps remain before any agreement is in place.

Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:20 am

Update on the Pirates (relievers and outfielder)

The lastest on the Pirates from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette :

1. According to sources, the Pirates have zeroed in on free-agent closer Octavio Dotel (one of several relievers the team has offered a contract).

2. The club is also interested in D.J. Carrasco, another right-handed reliever who pitched for the White Sox last season.

3. The Pirates could also be losing ground with OF Rick Ankiel because of differences with his agent, Scott Boras. Ankiel was the clubs top position player target but Boras is selling Ankiel as an everyday player.  However, the Pirates are not promising any free-agent position player a starting job.  The Pirates are looking at other options, but are not interested in Jonny Gomes.

Posted on: December 25, 2009 3:18 pm

Pirates looking for late-inning help

With Matt Capps gone, the Pirates' are engaged in talks with two possible replacements in free agents Kevin Gregg and Octavio Dotel, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette .

The Pirates, looking for late-inning bullpen help for Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek. have had several sets of talks regarding Gregg and Dotel, two of the highest-profile closers left in free agency, including some that continued into this week.

Posted on: December 22, 2009 2:29 pm

Pirates have not made an offer to Duchscherer

A Dejan Kovacevic blog post in the page/PIT">Pirates have been courting for several weeks, is close to signing with one of the three teams that has made him a paper offer. The Pirates have yet to make an offer.">Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says the Pirates have been courting free-agent pitcher Justin Duchscherer for weeks but have yet to make an offer.

Three teams have made offers and he is close to signing with one.

Posted on: December 9, 2009 11:32 am

No urgency to deal Maholm and Duke

There remains interest in Pirates left-handers Paul Maholm and Zach Duke but GM Neal Huntington told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that there's no urgency to trade the two.

"In fact, if we were smart about it, we'd probably wait and let most of the other options go off the board," he said. "Maybe we'd get (another team) that's willing to be that much more aggressive."
Posted on: December 2, 2009 2:26 pm

Interest in Noah Lowry

According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , the Pirates have expressed interest in free agent pitcher Noah Lowry.

The Denver Post reports the Rockies are also interested.

Posted on: November 13, 2009 11:06 am

Phillies and the third base market

At the GM meetings, Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said he had discussions with several teams about trades.

The Phillies like their odds of upgrading offensively at third base, most likely through free agency.

According to the the report in the Philadelphia Daily News ,
Amaro said he has had discussions with clubs who are looking to move third basemen - he did not name names, but Pittsburgh's Andy LaRoche and San Diego's Kevin Kouzmanoff could be available - he is focusing most of his attention on five or six prospective free agents whom the team feels would fit.
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