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General manager Neal Huntington readily admits the Pittsburgh Pirates probably made their biggest splash of the offseason when they signed free agent catcher Russell Martin. "That was our biggest need coming into the offseason, and we filled it with who we identified as the best player at that position and for what we feel was fair market price," said Huntington, who got Martin to agreed to a two-year, $17 million. "I don't think we're going to top that." Next on the Pirates' wish list is adding a veteran starting pitcher who would join a rotation in which only right-hander A.J. Burnett, left-hander Wandy Rodriguez and righty James McDonald are certainties. The Pirates have been linked to such lower-tier free agents as lefties Francisco Liriano and John Lannan and right-hander Mike Pelfrey. Liriano, 29, is intriguing because he was once one of the brightest young pitchers in the game, and scouts are still intrigued by his stuff. Liriano went 1...
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The Pittsburgh Pirates opted to pass in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft today, which is the first time they’ve passed on a pick under Neal Huntington. They also didn’t lose a player in the draft. The Pirates can still pick in the minor league portion, which is coming up shortly.
UPDATE 10:28 AM: The Pirates took RHP Ethan Hollingsworth from the Kansas City Royals...
Clint Hurdle met with the media today at the MLB Winter Meetings. The transcript of the interview was sent out via press release. Below are some highlights.
On who could lead off for the Pirates…
“I’m not even going to go there right now because that’ll get printed with here’s who we’re leading off. I don’t know right now. I’ve got some thoughts. I’ve got...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for catcher Ramon Cabrera. More details to come.
The MLB Rule 5 draft is tomorrow morning at 10 AM EST. The Pittsburgh Pirates have an open spot on their 40-man roster, which means they could make a pick. Whether they actually make a pick is another issue.
The Pirates have made a pick in every draft overseen by Neal Huntington. They took Evan Meek in the 2007 Rule 5 draft. Donald Veal went in 2008, followed by John Raynor in 2009...
Baseball’s winter meetings were held this week in Nashville. That usually means a week full of rumors, Twitter blowing up every hour or so with a big new trade or signing, and general chaos. For the Pirates, that was not the case this year.
Neal Huntington admitted that signing Russell Martin was going to be the Bucs’ “big move” of the offseason, which is disappointing but...
As the Winter Meetings came to close the Tigers made a relatively low-key move Wednesday night sending LHP Andy Oliver (a once coveted pitching prospect) to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league catcher Ramon Cabrera.
The 23-year-old switching hitting Cabrera batted .276 in 2012, with three home runs, 50 RBIs, and 22 doubles in 112 games and offers some catching depth after losing...
MLB.com reports that Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker, whose season ended early due to a herniated disk in his lower back, should be ready in time for spring training 2013.
Wednesday's update discloses that Walker, a Pittsburgh native, has begun participating in strength and conditioning programs.
The 11th player chosen in the 2004 amateur draft, Walker took...
What a coincidence. Today is the day that Jason Grilli will apparently choose what team he is going to play for and it’s also his turn in the Roster Watch series. Grilli has been a machine for the Pirates. He has been a consistent strikeout machine and has had the two best seasons of his [...]
Pirates manager Clint Hurdle spoke with the media at baseball's winter meetings. Here is part one of the Q&A session.
The Detroit Tigers have traded starting pitcher Andy Oliver to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for switch-hitting catcher prospect Ramon Cabrera.
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The Boston Red Sox have announced on Twitter that the Pittsburgh Pirates have traded right-hander Kyle Kaminska as the PTBNL for the Zach Stewart trade. Kaminska was originally acquired from the Marlins in the trade that sent Gorkys Hernandez and a compensation pick. He was Rule 5 eligible in today’s draft, but wasn’t picked. It makes sense that the trade was announced after...
In Winter League action from today in Australia, Adelaide swept a doubleheader from Melbourne, winning 5-3 in the opener, before cruising to an 18-1 win in the second game. Justin Howard was the only Pirates player to start both games, although Dylan Child started game one, then came of the bench in the night cap and had a big game.
In the opener, Howard went 1-for-3, with a single...
A few notes from the final group of manager media sessions Wednesday...
Pirates second baseman Neil Walker has started his strength and conditioning program two weeks ago, and has completed all of his therapy after his season ended with a herniated disc in his back. Manager Clint Hurdle said he's "ready to go."
When asked about facing the prospect of a bullpen...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded switch-hitting catcher prospect Ramon Cabrera to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for starting pitcher Andy Oliver.
When two of my favorite players are featured on the same card I always want two copies so each PC can house one. That's not always possible though, particularly in today's world of a bajillion parallels, many of which are very short-printed.A perfect illustration is this 2009 Topps Triple Threads Triple Relic with jersey swatches from Matt Kemp and Russell Martin sandwiching...