By John Perrotto INDIANAPOLIS _ The Pirates’ contingent left the winter meetings Thursday morning without making any major deals and that was not a surprise. The Pirates didn’t have any big moves cooking when they arrived Sunday in the city that truly put the winter back in winter meetings this week with some sub-arctic wind chills. The only Pirates’ player who seemed to draw much trade interest was catcher Ryan Doumit but all indications from sources both inside and outside the organization are that the switch-hitter will not be traded this winter. Doumit’s value is low after he missed 73 games in the first half of last season with a broken wrist and wound up hitting .250 with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs in 75 games. General manager Neal Huntington’s modus operandi has been to sell high on players and, thus, will more likely will wait to until nextRead More »
By John Perrotto INDIANAPOLIS _ The Pirates are on the verge of signing free agent infielder Bobby Crosby with the idea that he will challenge incumbent Ronny Cedeno for the starting shortstop job in spring training. However, the consensus among scouts familiar with Crosby who were polled on Tuesday at baseball’s winter meetings, is that he no longer an everyday player. “You can play him all over the field and he’ll catch the ball wherever you put him,” said a talent evaluator from an American League club. “He hit some balls out of the park but he won’t hit for much on average. And you just can’t rely on him to play 130-140 games because he has too many physical problems.” “Ronny Cedeno isn’t Derek Jeter but the Pirates are better off going with him than Bobby Crosby if that’s their alternatives,” said a National League scout.
The Pittsburgh Pirates and shortstop Bobby Crosby have reached an agreement on a one year deal, multiple sources tell me. The deal is pending a physical. The deal is not expected to be official until Wednesday at the earliest. John Perrotto indicates the deal is expected to be worth $1.5 million. Crosby, 29, hit .223 with 6 home runs and 29 RBI’s in 272 plate appearances for the Oakland A’s this year. more to come
Winter Meetings Buzz One of the Pirates top priorities at the winter meetings is to solidify their short-stop situation for the short-term and the long-term. The team offered veteran Adam Everrett a one year deal this afternoon and now that Everrett will return to Detroit, the Pirates have picked up their pursuit of shortstop Bobby Crosby. Crosby has been a target of the Pirates since October when the Pirates conducted their organization meetings. Crosby appeared in 97 games with the Oakland A’s last season, batting .223 in a dissapointing season and hasn’t matched the hype since hitting 22 home runs in his rookie season. However, as first reported by John Perrotto, the Pirates top target at the Winter Meetings is Rays shortstop prospect Reid Brignac. Dodgers in on Zach Duke The LA Dodgers are among two teams showing strong interest in pitcher Zach Duke. The two teams have discussed aRead More »