Rumor Chart: The Latest Insider Update
The Pirates and Nate McLouth have agreed to a three year deal worth – $15.75 million. The deal includes a option for a 4th year that could make the contract worth close to $26 million.¬†McLouth will make $3.5 million, which includes a $1.5 million signing bonus in 09. He’ll get $4.5 million in 2010 and $6.5 million in 2011. The club option for 2012 is worth $10.65 million. Buyout is $1.25 million buyout.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and Paul Maholm have agreed to a three year¬†deal (option 4th year). Maholm, 26, made $424,500 last season while going 9-9 with a 3.71 ERA
The Pirates and Adam Laroche avoided arbitration and have agreed to a 1 year – $7.05 million deal.
Zach Duke, 25, and the Pirates avoided arbitration. Duke will make $2.2 million in 09. He made $400,000 last season while going 5-14 with a 4.82 ERA. How rigged is baseball’s salary system.
Interested: ATL, COL, TEX, WAS, NYM, NYY
Colorado, Texas, New York Mets and Atlanta made a play for Snell at the trade deadline. All four teams remain interested.
The Cardinals remain interested.
Interested: STL, DET, NYM
The market is not very clear for Grabow yet. There has been discussions with St. Louis and previously with Detroit. Mets have been interested for a while. Grabow, 30, will make $2.3 million.¬†He made $1,135,000 last season while posting a 2.84 ERA in 74 appearances.
The Pirates have internally discussed making a pitch for Pitcher Pedro Martinez. As always the Pirates will have to overpay to lure Martinez to Pittsburgh. The Pirates have also remained in talks with pitcher Braden Looper.
Interested: CIN, PIT, BAL,¬†SF, MIN, CLE
The Pirates, Reds, Indians,¬†Orioles, Twins and Giants are among five teams to express interest in third baseman Ty Wigginton. Souces indicate Wigginton seeks a three year deal in the range of $16 – $18 million. The Pirates are only willing to offer a two year deal.