By John Perrotto Looking back at the Pirates in the 2000s, as the decade comes to a close, there have been some positives for the franchise. For one, they opened PNC Park in 2001 and it is generally considered the best facility in the major leagues. Secondly, uh, secondly, well there really is no second. The 2000s consisted of a whole lot of losing by the Pirates as they finished under .500 during all 10 seasons of the decade. That pushes their streak of losing seasons to 17, a record for major North American team sports. However, let’s sift through the rubble of the 2000s, a period in which the Pirates never won more than 75 games in a season and averaged nearly 94 losses a year to try to pick an all-decade team for the woebegone franchise: Catcher_Jason Kendall. Even though “The Kid” wasn’t as good in the 2000sRead More »
The Pittsburgh Pirates just announced that they have traded Ian Snell and Jack Wilson to Seattle. The team will acquire first baseman Jeff Clement, shortstop Ronny Cedeno and right-handed pitchers Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock from the Mariners. Dejan Kovacevic first reported this afternoon that Wilson was traded to Seattle. The Mariners intend to keep Wilson beyond this year which is why they got back into the mix this week. The Mariners and Pirates have been scouting each other extensively over the past month. Clement, 25, is a former first round pick and is batting .288 with 14 home runs (33 doubles) and 68 RBI’s in 92 games for Class AAA Tacoma. The Pirates intend to use Clement at first base but he will be assigned to Class AAA Indianapolis this week. Pitchers Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lrin and Nathan Adcock will be assigned to Class A. Shortstop RonnyRead More »
Sanchez Sweepstakes: The Pirates have not cut off talks with the Minnesota Twins or the Chicago Cubs but the team is pushing forward in talks with the San Francisco Giants and a deal could be announced as early as Wednesday evening. The framework of a deal is already in place as Pirates have their choice of picking 2-3 prospects from a group of five prospects the Giants have deemed available in a deal for Sanchez. The Pirates are believed to have agreed to pay some of Sanchez’s salary. Inside Look at some names that are rumored to be heading to Pittsburgh.
The Boston Red Sox have stepped up their efforts to acquire Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson. The two teams have been in talks over the past week and within the past 24 hours, the two sides have exchanged names as they look to reach an agreement on a potential deal. The Red Sox have targeted Wilson over Oakland A’s shortstop Orlando Cabrera who appears to be headed to Minnesota. Minnesota could play a pivotal role in the Pirates trade deadline plans as the Twins haven’t closed the door on making a run at Freddy Sanchez and have been “kicking the tires” on Jack Wilson. If the Twins acquire Cabrera which appears likely, that takes them out of the running for Sanchez but enhances the chances of Wilson going to Boston, if the Pirates asking price comes down a bit. One prospect the Pirates absolutely love is hard throwing lefty
The Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates made a three player trade Wednesday afternoon, as the Pirates traded Adam Laroche to Boston for two minor league prospects. The two teams could strike another deal before the July 31st deadline as the Red Sox remain “highly interested” in Pirates SS Jack Wilson. Wilson was discussed in the trade that sent Adam Laroche to Boston on Wednesday. The Red Sox would like to upgrade their defense for the stretch run and have been eyeing Wilson over the past week. The Pirates are expected to wait until the weekend to see if a market develops for Wilson. Among the teams to be kicking the tires on Wilson have been
Mariners, Rangers become potential trade partners By John Perrotto – Marc DelPiano, special assistant to Pirates general manager Neal Huntington, created a minor stir Thursday night when he showed up at Safeco Field in Seattle for the opener of a four-game series between the Mariners and Texas Rangers. Both teams are potential trade partners as the Mariners are again interested in trading for Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez and shortstop Jack Wilson. The Rangers, meanwhile, would like to trade for one of the Pirates’ left-handed starting pitchers, Zach Duke or Paul Maholm. The Mariners, though, seem like a more logical match for the Pirates.
Marlins eyeing Matt Capps Pittsburgh Pirates closer Matt Capps converted his 13th straight save opportunity on Tuesday and he’s a player teams are giving a strong look as the trade deadline is less than 25 days away. The Florida Marlins are making a play for Capps after failing to land Baltimore closer George Sherrill in trade talks. The Pirates would like a right-handed hitter with power to balance a lineup that leans to the left and the Marlins would be willing to trade first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who is hitting .289 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs in 49 games at Class AAA New Orleans after missing a month because of a sprained knee. The Pirates, though, want more than just Sanchez, who is becoming a little old for a prospect as he turns 26 on Sept. 2, in return for Capps. Another team expressing interest in Capps is
CHICAGO — If it’s late May, then it can’t be too early for the Pirates to look back to the future. It sure beats a look at back at what happened against the Chicago White Sox on Saturday night, which to say another shutout loss, 4-0, the second for the Pirates in as many games. The Pirates were limited to five hits, and in the process, they wasted another solid performance on the mound. Starter Ross Ohlendorf allowed three earned runs in 7 2/3 innings but was stuck with the loss, anyway. “I mean, we’ve mixed in different guys,” said manager John Russell, who sounded like someone who had exhausted most if not all of his options. “The last time we went through this, even the bench guys struggled a little bit. We just gotta stay together and try to have good at-bats.” If the Pirates haven’t found the answersRead More »
Jack Wilson’s three run double with two outs in the ninth inning capped off a four run inning as the Pirates rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Monday evening. The Pirates got a strong pitching performance from starter Paul Maholm who pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing two runs and striking out one. Tied at 2-2 in the eighth inning, Ryan Ludwick hit a leadoff homer in the eighth inning off Tyler Yates, and David Freese added a sacrifice fly off John Grabow to give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead going into the top of the ninth. The Cardinals sent rookie closer Jason Motte to the mound in the ninth inning and new year, same problem for the Cardinals who led the majors with 31 blown saves in 2008. 2B Freddy Sanchez started the Pirates rally in the¬†ninth with a leadoff double off Motte, while Adam Laroche (single) andRead More »
Pirates targeting Niemann, inquire about Hammel The Pirates continue to “kick the tires” on Rays pitcher Jeff Niemann. They are currently waiting for the asking price to drop. The Rays are asking for an infield prospect along with prospect Robbie Grossman. The Pirates have no interest in moving Grossman. The Rays are looking at Pirates prospects from the Double-A level down. The Pirates have had significant interest in Niemann since last summer’s trade deadline when the Rays offered Niemann and a lower tier prospect for Jason Bay. The 6-foot-9 Niemann went 2-2 with a 5.06 ERA in five games, two starts last season. Niemann, 26, was the Rays‚Äô first-round pick in the 2004, the fourth overall selection, and he is currently out of options. The Pirates had a scout in attendance for Niemann’s minor league start on Monday. Niemann tossed six scoreless innings. The Pirates have also inquired about RaysRead More »