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LATEST PIRATES RUMORS With 41 home runs and 102 RBIs, pending free agent Chris Davis is viewed in MLB circles as ‘homering his way’ out of Baltimore. The Pirates looked into Davis last month and are already being mentioned as a team likely to pursue Davis this winter. Expect #Pirates will have interest in Chris Davis too — I doubt Pedro Alvarez is back — but big money FAs not a usual play for them. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 9, 2015 The Pirates plan to move on from Pedro Alvarez in the off-season and seek to solidify the first base position. While Davis is believed to intrigue the Pirates, with top hitting prospect Josh Bell on track to reach the Majors by middle of next season, it’s unlikely the Pirates dip their toes into the Davis sweepstakes this winter. Pittsburgh is more likely to go the stop-gap route withRead More »
Training camps open in 13 days and many quality NHL players still can’t find jobs. Marcel Goc and Max Lapierre, two players traded for each other last season, both signed in Europe this week. Scottie Upshall a solid bottom-6 player signed with the St. Louis Blues on a professional tryout on Tuesday. One veteran agent said the market has shaped up for established players to either accept an $800,000 offer or go to camp on a tryout. The Penguins have gone the tryout route twice already, signing Sergei Gonchar and Tim Sestito to professional tryout contracts in August. The Penguins brass, though, wouldn’t be doing their job if they weren’t looking to take advantage of the current market and exploring the possibility of bringing in another forward on a tryout. The past week there have been discussions with a few. In fact, four notable wingers the Penguins looked into priorRead More »
EXTENSION CANDIDATE The Pittsburgh Penguins gave up a steep price for David Perron last January in what ended up being the 16th overall pick in the deepest NHL draft in 12 years. Is it even worse asset management to let Perron walk for nothing next summer? “He [David Perron] could be here for six NOTES The Penguins today announced they signed 2015 second round pick Daniel Sprong to a three year entry level contract. The deal kicks in when Sprong turns pro. Sprong will be playing in the QMJHL this season.