Pirates still in pursuit of Jeff Suppan?

 

Jeff Suppan has at least one four-year offer on the table, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, and teams are likely to step up their pursuit now that so many free-agent starters are off the board. Pittsburgh is making a serious push, and the Astros could enter the mix after losing Andy Pettitte to the Yankees. Kansas City is also interested. But if Suppan gets a deal for more than $10 million a year, he could be out of the Royals’ price range. While many baseball observers expected Suppan to re-sign with St. Louis, it appears the Cardinals are headed in a different direction. St. Louis offered Suppan three years and $18 million early in the process, according to sources, and has yet to increase that offer. The Pirates desperately need a right handed pitcher to anchor their pitching staff but the pursuit of Suppan seems like a public relations actRead More »

"Pens have mild interest in Nagy"

 

John Leclair is hanging on for the possiblity that a trade may be in the works. Ryan Malone is still scoreless thus far, but that hasn’t stop teams calling about his availability. Boston remains very interested in Malone but they have no intentions on offering Brad Boyes which was discussed in the summer. Marco Sturm is a name that has been thrown about lately in trade speculation but with Malones cap number at only 1.4 next season, Shero should pass on Sturm. Malone has picked up his play since returning from his broken forearm injury that sidelined him for 5 weeks and unless the right deal is on the table Ray Shero is not going to trade Malone. For the second time in a week the Penguins had 2 scouts attending a Canadiens game over the weekend. Don’t know what to make of it, but could they possibly be lookingRead More »

Eddie Olczyk to replace Mike Kitchen?

 

The St.Louis are having not trouble winning but are also having trouble getting fans to show.A once proud franchise holds the worst record in the league at(7-17-4) and changes will be coming. So, Blues president John Davidson refused to comment on his staff. “Regarding coaching, I can tell you they work,” Davidson was quoted as saying in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Other than that, I don’t make any comment on coaching. They work hard. It’s senseless to make comments on coaching in any direction at any time.” But as Philly, Columbus and Chicago have already made changes, Kitchen (28-63-19) has to know he’s on the hot seat. “It bothers you when the team doesn’t win, and it bothers you at Scottrade Center, when you don’t see a full building,” Kitchen said. “That bothers you as a coach because you know that’s part of your responsibility … winning. If you win,Read More »

Quick Hits

 

Willie Parker rushes for 223 yards last night and people are still saying we need a Jerome Bettis type of back. The Steelers may be built for a grind it out back but how can they go into the draft next season looking for one when Willie Parker is on his way to a pro bowl season. The biggest question coach Cowher should be scrutinized on for the next 3 games is his personnel decisions. Will Ryan Clark and Cedric Wilson return as starters? Smith and Holmes should be starting the rest of the season to build for next year but after watching Cowher coach for over 15 years that is unlikely to happen. He’s always been for sticking to his veteran players and this year is no different with Deshea Townsend starting over Ike Taylor Sidney Crosby has the ‘drive’ of a Michael Jordan At age 19 Sidney CrosbyRead More »

 

This morning Tim Benz had Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl as a guest on his morning show. Ravenstahl reiterated to Benz that he is in full support of the Isle of the Capri and believes IOC is the best plan for the city. Ravenstahl came out in full support of IOC as a city council member but since he took over for the late Bob O’Connor in September, he hasn’t been as supportive publically. Ravenstahl said he hopes the Isle Of Capri used his endorsement during the Pa Gaming Board hearing last month. One discouraging aspect that came out of the interview is he said the December 20th date of awarding the license can be pushed back but he has stressed to Gaming board how important this deadline is for the city. Ravenstahl also said Plan B is a backup plan but it is viable with no loop holes. Pittsburgh PostRead More »

Pens fall 3-2

 

In a must win situation the Penguins loss to a mediocre team at home that was missing it’s two best forwards. Sidney Crosby’s amazing goal in the 3rd period jump started the Pens but they could close the deal against the Panthers. Dominic Moore continues to take lazy penalties that are haunting this team. Don’t understand why he gets a free pass all the time while individuals love to bash players like Ryan Whitney and of late Evgeni Malkin has been the culprit of msg board bashing. With the game tied at 2-2 in the third Jocelyn Thibault did what he does best by not coming up with the “Big Save”. This is a ritual Thibault has been accustomed to since becoming a Penguin last season. I’m not putting the blame on Thibault for the loss but he was not able to bail out his teammates and Thibault reiterated thatRead More »

Pirates-Cubs-Rockies update

 

Jayson Stark is reporting the Cubs-Rockies-Pirates deal that involved outfielder Brad Hawpe moving to Pittsburgh for pitchers Paul Maholm and Tom Gorzelanny is off the table. Stark says one team that approached the Pirates says it was told flatly that the Pirates aren’t trading Maholm or any of their young starting pitchers. If the Pirates want to bring in a left handed bat, they must be willing to trade off some of their young pitching. The idea of Hawpe coming to Pittsburgh is not that intriquing but rumors of David Littlefield pursuing Braves first baseman Adam Laroche must be completely false because the Braves are asking for pitching in return. Crazy rumor of the day was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays offering a contract to Barry Bonds. ESPN’s Buster Olney says there is no truth to this rumor. Talk about crazy.

Latest MLB News

 

Will Barry Bonds leave the Bay to join the Red Sox? 1. Manny Ramirez, Lf Red Sox The Red Sox are focusing on getting a closer in return for Manny Ramirez, The Boston Globe reports. In talks with the Dodgers, the Red Sox were asking for 22-year-old Jonathan Broxton. In talks with the Angels, they wanted closer Francisco Rodriguez or setup man Scot Shields. J.J. Putz and Rafael Soriano were discussed with the Mariners. A rumored three-way deal involving the Nationals Chad Cordero and the Giants was talked about, the newspaper reports. Teams interested: Mariners, Phillies, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Angels, Rangers 2. Barry Zito, P Oakland Athletics Rangers owner Tom Hicks is driving up the price for Barry Zito, The New York Daily News reports. After meeting with Zito and Boras last week in Texas, Hicks gushed about the left-hander’s intelligence, mental approach and how he matured into a leaderRead More »

Souray and Samzonov on the Move ?

 

Two Pittsburgh Penguin Scouts were in attendance at the Boston-Montreal game yesterday. Speculation is they were scouting Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray. As for Sergei Samzonov, his season is still in a downfall. Sergei Samsonov is enduring a serious scoring drought. Serious enough that some reports in Montreal suggest that his future with the Canadiens might be in doubt. Samsonov, has just 12 points in 26 games and hasn’t scored a goal in 16 contests, has been seeing some action on the team’s second line with Alexei Kovalev. “Personally, I’d like to be contributing a little more offensively,” Samsonov was quoted as saying in the Boston Herald. “But other than that, we’re winning as a team, so it’s been good. I’ve played with Kovalev for the most part, and we’ve had some different centers. It seems like we do hold on to the puck a lot. We do have a lotRead More »

Three Way Deal in The Works

 

Steve Phillips of ESPN is reporting a three way deal is close to being done between the Pittsburgh Pirates, Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs. Pirates-Brad Hawpe RF Lefty 27 yrs old 22 Hr 84 RBIRockes-Jacques Jones, Carlos Marmol, Paul MaholmCubs- Jason Jennings