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Rob Biertempfel reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in left-hander John Lannan. The lefty was recently non-tendered by the Washington Nationals, and Biertempfel speculates that he could take a one year, $3 M deal.
Lannan isn’t the most attractive free agent option, but I’ve always felt he would make sense for the Pirates due to PNC Park. He’s got Zach Duke-like strikeout numbers, with a 4.7 K/9 in his career. However, he’s a lefty with an extreme ground ball rate. He was 56.9% last year in 32.2 innings, 54.1% in 184.2 innings in 2011, and 53% for his career. He’s also an innings eater, throwing 180 innings or more every year since 2008. Last year he threw 32.2 innings in the majors, and 148.2 innings in Triple-A, being stuck in the lower level due to a strong Washington rotation.
He would only be a back of the rotation guy, but would be a better option than Vin Mazzaro or Zach Stewart. His groundball rate would fit in well at PNC, and would probably allow him to put up numbers similar to his career 4.01 ERA. His innings would also help.
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A few notes as day one of the winter meetings is coming to a close.
**If you’re expecting a big follow up move to the Russell Martin signing, it doesn’t seem like it will happen this week, or possibly at all. Rob Biertempfel has the following from Neal Huntington.
#Pirates GM Huntington re:chance for big move at winter meetings:”For us, biggest move we were going to make this...
Earlier today, Rob Biertempfel had a note about two American League teams who said no thanks to trading for Joel Hanrahan. Biertempfel follows that up with a good rundown of Hanrahan’s trade market.
He notes that the Pirates have been shopping Hanrahan for several weeks now. He also mentions that one scout was “shocked” at how low the initial asking price was for the closer...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have outrighted first baseman Matt Hague to Indianapolis, according to the MLB.com transactions page. It appears the move happened at the end of last week, although I don’t believe it was announced and this is the first I’ve noticed it. Hague was designated for assignment last week when the Pirates acquired Zach Stewart, Vin Mazzaro, and Clint Robinson...
In a light day of Winter League action yesterday, Starling Marte went 2-for-4, with two singles and a run scored. He now has a .320/.394/.485 line in 25 games. Marte started the season off showing improved plate patience, but has hit a wall the last eight games. After having 11 walks through just 17 games, Marte has failed to draw a walk in his last eight games, striking out six...
In Winter League action today in Australia, Adelaide lost 4-2 to Canberra. Three Pittsburgh Pirates players were in the starting lineup, Stefan Welch, Justin Howard and Dylan Child. Welch went 0-for-3, with a run scored and two strikeouts. His average dropped down to .205 after a 1-for-13 weekend. Howard went 2-for-4, with a double and run scored. Child had a rough time behind the...
Read Part 1 of the series right here.
Last time, we examined the good and bad of Pittsburgh Pirates’ owner Bob Nutting, President Frank Coonelly, and General Manager Neal Huntington. Here, we’ll take a look at the positives and negatives of some of the Pirates’ other decision makers.
Clint Hurdle, Manager
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The Good: Hurdle was a well-respected...
The Pittsburgh Pirates are shopping Garrett Jones. The Baltimore Orioles are looking for a power bat. There are a lot of articles coming out about the Orioles possibly being interested in Jones. It’s hard to tell if these are based on any actual discussions, or if it’s a case of people connecting the dots. The Orioles want a power bat and could trade pitching to get that. The...
The Pittsburgh Pirates are looking for pitching this off-season, and several pitchers just hit the open market as non-tenders. Rob Biertempfel and Tom Singer both reported today that the Pirates have shown interest in several of the non-tendered pitchers, specifically looking at left-handers John Lannan, Tom Gorzelanny, Manny Parra, and right-handers Jair Jurrjens and Mike Pelfrey...
We’ve already heard that the Pirates are interested in left-handed pitcher Manny Parra, among other recently non-tendered pitchers. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had an update on Twitter, pointing out that the Pirates and the Mets were both interested in Parra. As I noted last night, Parra would be an interesting option for the bullpen, but his lack of control...
Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweets that the Mets have displayed interest in the recently non-tendered John Lannan, perhaps as insurance if the team trades a starter.
With one day of the winter meetings behind us, there wasn't much action on the Pittsburgh Pirate front. In a press conference at the end of the day, Neal Huntington admitted that Joel Hanrahan's probably not as valuable on the trade market now as he was six months ago (this is kind of common sense, of course, though it's not like they could've done anything given...
Here are a few tweets you might have missed in the wild ride that the second day of the Winter Meetings…
According to Joel Sherman, the Mets looked into John Lannan – apparently as insurance to fill out their rotation if they trade RA Dickey. Lannan was recently non-tendered by the Nationals, where he has spent his entire MLB career to this point. He has gone 42-52 with a 4...
The Nationals have reportedly non-tendered pitchers John Lannan, Tom Gorzellany and catcher Jesus Flores. All three players becoming free agents. Had the Nats tendered an offer, the players would have gone through the arbitration process.
Flores was expendable with the addition of catcher Kurt Suzuki and Wilson Ramos' pending return from injury.
Lannan lost his spot...
The 2012 Winter Meetings are in mid-meeting form. R.A. Dickey is going to be traded. No, wait, he’s going to be extended. Jonathon Niese is the one who will move. No, wait, the return won’t be big enough so he’s staying put. Mets are interested in John Lannan. No, wait, he’ll want too much money. Jason Bay is going to sign with the Mariners. That one will stick...