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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 some of his pre-injury form. Instead, he signed with the Royals, his strikeout rate dropped to Zach Duke levels (4.48 K/9), and his average fastball velocity plummeted to under 85 mph. Which is to say that he'd probably be able to get some ground balls and eat up some innings at above-replacement level, but I don't think I'd count on him for more than that. I'd take him over Aaron Cook, if we're ranking the players Clint Hurdle is attempting to acquire in his hostile take over of the Pirates front office to recreate the worst National League pennant winner in recent history without any...

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...

Pittsburgh Pirates' Jim Trdinich wins Fishel Award

Jim Trdinich of the Pittsburgh Pirates has won the Robert O. Fishel Award for public relations excellence, given annually by Major League Baseball. Trdinich, the Pirates' director of media relations, finished his 23rd season as a fulltime employee of the Pirates and his 27th in Major League Baseball. He began with the Pirates in 1985 as an intern, spent two years at the NL office...

This Date in Pirates History: December 6

Born on this date in 1950 was Tim Foli, who played shortstop for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1979 to 1981, then returned in 1985 to finish his career. Foli was drafted first overall in the 1968 amateur draft by the Mets and he made his major league debut in late 1970 with them. He played just one full season there before being traded to the Montreal Expos, where he played until 1977...

Pirates Interested In Jeff Francis

The Pirates are among the teams with interest in free agent lefty Jeff Francis, tweets Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.  The Bucs were in on Francis a year ago, but with a healthy season in the books he'll certainly require more than a one-year, $2MM guarantee this time. The Pirates also reportedly have interest in free agent pitchers Wei-Yin Chen, Tsuyoshi Wada, and Aaron Cook.

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...

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...

Royals Rumors: Needs, Guillen, Lowe

Yesterday the Royals were linked to Oakland's Gio Gonzalez and free agent Carlos Guillen, and it was also suggested they'd listen on relievers Joakim Soria and Greg Holland.  The latest on the team: The Royals seek a right-handed alternative to play third base and give Mike Moustakas an occasional break, GM Dayton Moore told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star....

Yost says he expects Royals to 'play much better than .500' next season

DALLAS | Royals manager Ned Yost is ready to up the ante as he looks ahead to next season. The patience required in the nurturing stage of a rebuilding program will now increasingly yield to demands stemming from heightened expectations. And Yost is setting the bar high.

Giants interested in Ryan Ludwick

According to Chris Haft, the Giants might be “eyeing” free agent outfielder Ryan Ludwick: The Giants were believed to have scheduled a meeting Monday with Ludwick’s agent, Dan Horwits. Ludwick earned $6.775 million last season but might be more affordable than that this winter, even on the open market. Ugh.

Monday night updates from John Perrotto

There's not much going on on the Pirate front tonight, but John Perrotto has tweeted a few updates about the Pirates that help clarify a few things we've already heard. He says that the Pirates' interest in Nate McLouth is because they want him to be a fourth outfielder and because they're not certain Gorkys Hernandez is ready for that role. That's about what...

Royals' offseason shopping nearly done as winter meetings begin

DALLAS | So what's left this week for the Royals as the baseball industry gathers over the next four days at the spacious Hilton Anatole hotel for its annual winter meetings? After all … . General manager Dayton Moore and his staff arrive having already fleshed out the club's rotation -- the top offseason priority -- by acquiring left-hander Jonathan Sanchez from San Francisco...
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