LATEST PIRATES RUMORS
As talks with the Toronto Blue Jays have gone nowhere for Adam Lind due to the Jays asking price and other trade options not being too attractive to the Pirates, Pittsburgh has not given up on their pursuit of James Loney.
Buster Olney of ESPN reports the Pirates are re-visiting talks with James Loney who has been the Pirates top target on the free agent market. The problem with the Pirates pursuit of Loney has been his asking price of $10 million per season over two-three years. Even a 2 year – $16 million deal would be risky for the Pirates.
One thing of note, Loney does have the same agent as Francisco Liriano and the Pirates had a long negotiation with Liriano last off-season after he broke his arm on Christmas that led to the two sides reworking the deal.
Loney hit .299 with 13 home runs and 75 RBIs in 2013. The Pirates covet his ability to hit righties .299/.352/.446 and his defense.