Garrett Jones signing with the Florida Marlins


It didn’t take Garrett Jones long to find work after being released by the Pirates. The 32 year old Jones has reached an agreement with the Florida Marlins on a reported two year deal worth $7.5 million. Jones had a down year in 2013, batting .233 with 15 home runs and 51 RBI in 144 games. The down season came a year after hitting a career-high 27 home runs and driving in 86 runs in 2012. Jones lost his job to Justin Morneau who signed this week with the Colorado Rockies. The acquisition of Jones has the Marlins planning to trade first baseman Logan Morrison at next weeks Winter Meetings.

Ohlendorf, Pirates shutout streaking Marlins 8-0


Ross Ohlendorf pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing two hits and Nate McLouth drove in four runs as the Pittsburgh Pirates (7-6) beat the Florida Marlins (11-2) 8-0 Monday night at PNC Park. The Pirates snapped the Marlins seven game winning streak, and the win was the Pirates third shutout in four games. Ohlendorf was subperb, notching his first win in a Pirates uniform as the Pirates now have two more shutouts than they had during the entire 2008 season.. As a staff, I think we get along really well and push each other, and it does seem to be breeding confidence and competition between us to see who can pitch the best,” Ohlendorf said. McLouth’s three run homer in the 6th inning capped off a four-run innings. McLouth’s homer (440 ft) to right center was the 24th homerun to reach the Allegheny River, since PNC park opened in 2001. TheRead More »

Ohman sweepstakes down to PIT & FLA?; Padres out of the running?


The Pirates, Padres, and Marlins all have offers on the table for reliever Will Ohman who is considered one of the best lefty relievers remaining on the market. The sweepstakes for Ohman may be down to the Pirates and Marlins. It was reported today that the Padres appear to be a long-shot and may be out of the running for Ohman. It’s believed the Pirates and Marlins have higher offers on the table. The Pirates offer is believed to be in the $1.1 million range. As of yesterday Ohman, 31, was reportedly waiting for other offers from three contenders. The Phillies, Cardinals made inquiries and were considered two of the three contenders Ohman was waiting on but reports surfaced today that both teams won’t be pursuing Ohman. The Mets and Dodgers have remained in touch with Ohman but no offer has been made to this point

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 »

MLB: Zach Duke for Robert Andino?


Jeff Frisaro reports, Marlins infielder Robert Andino, who is out of options, could be headed to the Pirates. Florida’s second round pick in 2002, Andino has been blocked at shortstop by All-Star Hanley Ramirez. Versatile Alfredo Amezaga also stands in Andino’s way of playing time. And the recent addition of infielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Nationals has opened the door for Florida to move Andino. The Marlins have had discussions with the Pirates about Andino, who spent about half of 2008 at Triple-A. The Pirates have been in discussions with the Marlins for the past couple days and according to sources Zach Duke could be going the other way.

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.