Found November 28, 2011 on WHYGAVS?:
Keith Law set the Yinzernet on fire this afternoon by suggesting that the Pirates would consider trading Andrew McCutchen if they get an offer that blows them away. He didn't say that the Pirates were shopping McCutchen or hoping to trade him or anything like that. He said that they'd do what any team in their situation would do with an elite young player that has a ticking arbitration clock without an extension: they'd listen to offers and probably reject 99.9% of them. Still, the reaction to Law's blurb was pretty predictable: some Pirate fans were angry on the assumption that it's already time to start selling to the highest bidder, some were scared, some shrugged it off the way I have on the assumption that the Pirates are probably at least a couple years away from realistically looking to shop him at the very earliest. Tim is right in pointing out that in order to trade McCutchen at this point in his career, the Pirates would have to more or less go to one o...

Why an Andrew McCutchen Deal Would Be Impossible

Earlier we heard a rumor from Keith Law that the Pittsburgh Pirates would listen on center fielder Andrew McCutchen.  Since that report came out, we’ve heard from Dejan Kovacevic that the Pirates aren’t trading McCutchen and have no intention of doing so.  Law’s report never said the team was shopping McCutchen, just that he isn’t untouchable for the right deal, which is...

The Pirates aren’t going to trade Andrew McCutchen

ESPN’s Keith Law briefly sent the internets into a frenzy this afternoon with an Insider post saying he heard “the Pirates would at least listen [to trade offers] on Andrew McCutchen.” That shouldn’t mean much because every GM should be willing to “at least listen” to ANY trade offer…but it still created quite a bit of buzz. Trading McCutchen right now is pretty much...

Winter Leagues 11/29 — Farrell Doubles, RBI For Fox

Checking in on Pirates’ players and friends in Tuesday’s winter league action:   PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE Criollos de Caguas  9,  Leones de Ponce  5 Los Criollos scored 7 runs over the final two innings to take the win.  Benji Gonzalez entered the game in the bottom of the 8th as a pinch-runner for Los Leones, and reached third base, but was left stranded.  He remained in the...

Pirates Release Xavier Paul

The Pittsburgh Pirates have released Xavier Paul after the outfielder cleared waivers.  The team couldn’t outright him to AAA since Paul has more than three years of major league service time. They also can’t re-sign him as a free agent until May 16th, 2012.  His big strength is his speed and defense.  The Pirates have a similar player in Gorkys Hernandez, who has more upside...

Pirates Interested in Aaron Cook

The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of six teams who have shown preliminary interest in right handed pitcher Aaron Cook, according to Bill Brink.  Cook has a career 4.53 ERA in over 1300 innings pitched in the majors.  He’s never been a guy who can strike out batters, with a career 3.8 K/9 ratio, including a 4.5 K/9 ratio in 2011. Cook missed 60 games in 2011 with a broken finger...

Pirates interested in Aaron Cook

According to a source close to Paul Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Pirates have shown “preliminary interest” in right handed pitcher Aaron Cook. He adds that at least half-dozen teams have checked on Cook. Brink says that after declining Paul Maholm's option, the team will try to add some rotation depth. The Rockies declined Cook's $11 million option...

Wednesday Morning Bench Coach

The Pirates Got F#@&3D And Other Thoughts on the CBAAmongst little fanfare, MLB and the Players Assn. finalized a CBA last week. Yeah, no lockout! Baseball is awesome! Right?Not so much. Baseball is still jacked up. And in this little agreement, not only have they done nothing to help baseball’s small market teams, they’ve actually made it more difficult for them to compete...

Pirates sign Nick Evans to minor league deal

The Bucs have signed former New York Met Nick Evans to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. Evans, 25, is a right-handed first baseman/corner outfielder and hit .256/.305/.407 in 159 games over four years in New York.  The Mets recently took him off their 40-man roster. This is an interesting move and adds to an option for the Pirates at first base for 2012. Assuming...

Odds and ends

With the winter meetings just about a week away, we've entered the first big off-season lull. There's not much that's going to happen in the next seven days, I don't think, though there are a few odds and ends to pick up that I missed over the Thanksgiving holiday. The Pirates offered Derrek Lee arbitration on Wednesday, but not Chris Snyder or Ryan Ludwick. That...
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