Pirates trade Nate McLouth to Atlanta; Move paves the way for Andrew McCutchen


In this day and age of instant information, hardly any trade talks are secret. Yet nothing foretold the bombshell the Pirates dropped Wednesday night. The Pirates traded center fielder Nate McLouth to the Atlanta Braves for three minor-leaguers less than four months after signing him to a three-year, $15.75-million and just one season after he hit 26 home runs, stole 23 bases, played in his first All-Star Game and won a National League Gold Glove for fielding excellence. McLouth was hitting .256 with nine homers, 34 RBIs and seven stolen bases in 45 games this season. “We had been talking for a couple of weeks but we kept it very tightly under wraps,” Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. “The Braves felt they wanted to make an early strike in the trade market this season. Though we didn’t want to trade Nate, we also realize that no player is everRead More »

Snell, Monroe lead Pirates to 10-0 win


Pirates improve to 6-5 on the season Ian Snell (1-2) pitched seven scoreless innings and Craig Monroe hit two three run homers in consecutive innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates (6-5) beat the Atlanta Braves (5-6) 10-0 Saturday afternoon at PNC Park Monroe getting a rare start in right field, had the first six RBI game by a Pirates player since Jose Castillo in 2006 but the big story of the afternoon was the performance of starting pitcher Ian Snell.

Game 3: Alvarez, Tabata get first starts


Game 3: Pirates vs Braves (1:05 p.m.) * Top prospect Pedro Alvarez will get his first start of the spring today, replacing Eric Hinske in the lineup. Alvarez doubled, RBI in yesterday’s game. Pirates lineup 1. Nate McLouth (CF) 2. Jack Wilson (SS) 3. Freddy Sanchez (2B) 4. Ryan Doumit (C) 5. Adam LaRoche (1B) 6. Pedro Alvarez (DH) 7. Jose Tabata (RF) 8. Ramon Vazquez (3B) 9. Jeff Salazar (LF) Tom Gorzelanny will be the Pirates starting pitcher

MLB: Royals contact Pirates?


Inside Pittsburgh Sports MLB Rumor Mill Daily Updates on the latest rumors around MLB 12/10/08 The Kansas City Royals have made a minor inquiry about Jack Wilson. Nothing substantial other than an inquiry. Their focus remains on Rafael Furcal who is down to four teams, (Royals, A’s, Blue Jays and Dodgers). Perez eyes $70 million over 5 years According to Jon Heyman of CNNSI, former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Oliver Perez is believed to be seeking a 5 year contract in the range of $70 million. Royals remain in the mix for Rafael Furcal Steve Phillips Reports, The Royals, Blue Jays, A’s and Dodgers remain in the mix for free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal. Kansas City’s front office has asked ownership for more money. The A’s had their offer rejected, but they’re still in it according to Phillips. Furcal appears to be looking for which team will offer the most money. NiceRead More »

Braves among teams interested in Nate McLouth


According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Atlanta Braves are interested in Pirates centerfielder Nate McLouth. Sources told me a few days ago that the Yankees have also checked in with the Pirates about Nate McLouth. A third team has also shown interest. It should not come as any surprise that the Braves are showing interest in pitcher Ian Snell. The Braves have been linked to Snell since the end of the season. John Perrotto of the Beaver County Times reports the Braves have also inquired about Paul Maholm. Pittsburgh is very high on Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson but it would take lot more than Johnson for the Pirates to move McLouth. The Pirates have recently held talks with the Marlins, Cardinals, Braves, Twins, and Yankees about possible trades.

Pirates to target OF Hermida again?


Free Preview: Inside Access The 2008 season is over for the Pirates and just like the last 16 years it is a season they would like to forget. The Pirates won their season finale today 6-1 to finish the season 67-95. Now it is time to look ahead to the off-season and some quick hits on a few players the Pirates may target.