Found December 05, 2011 on Pirates Prospects:
PLAYERS: Derrek Lee
TEAMS: Pittsburgh Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates offered arbitration to first baseman Derrek Lee two weeks ago.  He has until Wednesday to decide whether to accept or reject arbitration.  If he accepts, the Pirates get him for one year at a raise over his $8.5 M compensation from the 2011 season.  If he declines, the Pirates get a first round compensation pick in the 2012 draft, assuming he signs elsewhere.  Here are the updates on Lee from today: -Jon Heyman, who is now with CBS, reports that the Pirates are talking to Lee, but that the first baseman has other suitors. -Michael Sanserino of the Post-Gazette says that the Pirates hope Lee either accepts arbitration or accepts a negotiated deal. It sounds like they want him back one way or the other, although it’s significant that we haven’t heard any changes to Lee’s desire to stick around.

Winter Meetings Day One: Who’s On First?

Lee is unlikely to accept arbitration by Wednesday's deadline. Coming in to the winter meetings, it was clear that the biggest need for the Pittsburgh Pirates was at first base.  The team saw strong defensive additions at catcher and shortstop already this off-season, although the strong defense doesn’t come with much offense for the lineup.  The moves make sense if you add...

Pirates Interested in Bringing Nate McLouth Back

Jon Paul Morosi has an interesting update from the winter meetings. He notes that the Pittsburgh Pirates may add an outfielder, and that they’re interested in Nate McLouth.  The Pirates traded McLouth in 2009 for Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, and Gorkys Hernandez.  The trade came a few months after they signed McLouth to an extension. It’s not known why the Pirates would be looking...

Pirates Inquired on Ian Stewart

The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the teams who have inquired on Ian Stewart, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.  The Colorado Rockies are expected to move Stewart, and the Pirates are one of the teams interested, joining the Cubs, Diamondbacks, Orioles, Mariners, and Angels. Kevin Creagh looked at Stewart as a non-tender trade candidate last month, pointing out that he...

Tuesday's Winter Meetings Required Reading

This is a few days old, but Mark Simon at ESPN identified Nick Evans as a potential "under the radar asset" due to his very strong glovework at first base. Keep this in mind when you read that Neal Huntington is saying that the Pirates might not even look for a first baseman if they can't bring Derrek Lee back. Jen Langosch, meanwhile, says that Lee will likely turn...

Winter Leagues 12/4 — Marte, Ciriaco, And Brown Contributing

Winter league action with Pirates’ players and friends on Sunday   VENEZUELAN LEAGUE Tiburones de La Guaira 7,  Caribes de Anzoategui  6  (Game 1) In the first of two 7-inning games, Los Tiburones attacked for 6 runs in the bottom of the 7th, which included a grand slam.  Los Caribes caught up with 2 runs in the 4th and 3 runs in the 5th.  Los Tiburones answered with a run...

Lee waiting on market to come to him

The Pirates do not expect first baseman Derrek Lee to negotiate his next contract until after the top two free-agent first baseman -- Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder -- solidify theirs.

Pirates, McLouth closing in on deal

Yep, it’s true…Nate McLouth is likely coming back to Pittsburgh. McLouth, of course, was traded to Atlanta in 2009 for Charlie Morton, Gorkys Hernandez, and Jeff Locke. He has struggled ever since leaving the Burgh, but wouldn’t be a bad fourth outfielder to spell Alex Presley and Jose Tabata. As long as he doesn’t cost much and the Bucs don’t plan on making him an everyday...

Hot Stove rumors Monday: Pirates interested in Nate McLouth

Here's a running list of Hot Stove rumors for Monday around the Major Leagues: – The Pittsburgh Pirates “may add another outfielder” according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports. And according to sources close to him, they are interested in former Pirate Nate McLouth. Image by raisethejollyroger dot com under the Creative Commons License.

Your 2012 Pittsburgh Pirate Fan Guide to the Winter Meetings

Here's a list of exciting things the Pirates might do in Dallas this week: ...  And here's a list of things the Pirates might actually do in Dallas this week: Acquire Nate McLouth. No, seriously, Nate McLouth. I mean, I guess Nate McLouth would be better at being Xavier Paul than Xavier Paul was and maybe a return to PNC would help him find his power stroke again. Probably...

Pirates Working On Deals With Betemit and McLouth

The Pittsburgh Pirates are moving closer to deals with infielder Wilson Betemit and outfielder Nate McLouth, according to Rob Biertempfel.  We’ve heard about their interest in McLouth for the last two days. We’ve also heard that the Pirates are looking for contingency plans if Pedro Alvarez struggles again this year, which is where Betemit comes in. He hit for a .285/.343/.452...

PirateFest will feature present, past players

Andrew McCutchen, Joel Hanrahan and Neil Walker are among 15 Pirates players scheduled to appear at PirateFest. This year's event will take place from Dec. 16-18 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

Morosi: Pirates interested in Jeff Francis

The Pirates are one of the teams interested in free agent lefty Jeff Francis, says Jon Morosi, and now we have our first nugget of depressing information from Dallas! I actually thought Francis would've been worth a flier last year, when there was some uncertainty as to how he was going to recover from his shoulder surgery and there was a chance that he'd be able to recover...
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