Found December 06, 2011 on
Where Is Andy Van Slyke:
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 down arbitration to wait and see how the Pujols/Fielder situations play out. At Bucs Dugout, Charlie has a nice piece about the tone of off-season discussion as it applies to what the Pirates are doing this winter. This is still scuttlebutt at this point, but it looks like the Marlins have offered Albert Pujols a 10-year deal. If that's the case, that's where he's going to end up. And if that happens, I'm going to hate the Marlins more than any team in the National League.
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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...
Free agent first baseman Derrek Lee has declined his arbitration offer from the Pittsburgh Pirates. Lee can still sign with the Pirates, and the team is expected to continue pursuing him, although this is more evidence that Lee just didn’t want to play in Pittsburgh. If Lee signs with another team, the Pirates will get a compensation pick in the 2012 draft.
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...
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.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington still had not heard from Derrek Lee or Lee's agent, Casey Close, regarding the club's arbitration offer.
The 2011 Rule 5 draft takes place tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM EST. The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a pick in each of the last four drafts under Neal Huntington. In order to continue that trend, they will need to clear a spot on the 40-man roster before tomorrow’s draft.
We’ve talked a lot about the Rule 5 draft on this site, mostly from the perspective of who the Pirates need...
DALLAS -- As of late Wednesday, the Pirates had not heard from Derrek Lee, but indications were strong the first baseman would decline the team's arbitration invitation. He had until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, at which point he would become a free agent.
Carlos Lee (Photo: AP)In the past 24 hours there have not been many rumors with the Indians close to anything on the free agent or trade front, but that is how things are in general at the Winter Meetings as it seems everyone is waiting for Albert Pujols to make his decision. Once that big domino falls there could be a flurry of activity over the final 12-24 hours in Dallas before...
DALLAS -- The Pirates released Ross Ohlendorf late Wednesday night, around the same time they learned that Derrek Lee declined their offer of salary arbitration;
General manager Neal Huntington said the Pirates are committed to keeping Pedro Alvarez as their starting third baseman.