Spring Training Report: Pirates avoid arbitration with McLouth


Updated: 8:02 a.m. The Pirates have signed outfielder Nate McLouth to a three year contract, avoiding arbitration. Last season, McLouth hit .276 with 26 home runs and 94 RBI. The Pirates have made an offer to lefty reliever Will Ohman according to Jerry Crasnik of ESPN. Crasnik writes “Ohman, 31, one of the top relievers left on baseball’s free agent market, has major league offers in hand from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins and San Diego Padres but plans to continue discussions with three contending teams before making a decision on his destination for 2009, his agent said Monday.” The Pirates offer is believed to be in the $1.1 million range. The Pirates also remain interested in starting pitcher Pedro Martinez. The Pirates are expected to keep a close eye on Martinez during the WBC and may make an official offer after the Classic is over. The Mets have shutRead More »

The Latest Pirates Buzz


The Pirates biggest free agent signing this off-season maybe Craig Counsel or David Eckstein. As first reported yesterday by Ken Rosenthal the Pirates are interested in Eckstien and have now turned their attention to Counsel and Eckstein after missing out on Mark Loretta. That will put seats in the building! Things are looking more likely that Jack Wilson will be the Pirates starting shortstop on opening day. There was a deal in place with the Detroit Tigers but the Tigers backed out and moved on to a cheaper alternative in Adam Everett . The Dodgers are definitely out of running despite what some local reports may say. They will not be acquir The Orioles and Indians have been on the outside. The Indians are a major longshot to get involved for Wilson. The Orioles in need of a shortstop are currently targeting shortstop Cesar Izturis according to ESPN analyst Steve Phillips.

Source: Unlikely that Dodgers trade for Wilson; Cano for Kemp?


A few quick hits Tigers remain the most interested team in Jack Wilson, just like they’ve been the past couple weeks. Tigers offering Luis Mirtle and an intriquing prospect that has some upside My sources indicate the Dodgers will not be getting Jack Wilson. One source told me the Pirates have been making it sound like the Dodgers are very interested while the Dodgers continue to indicate that it is unlikely that they will trade for Wilson. The Dodgers are the team the Pirates would like to trade with but that interest is not mutual. One source even characterized the Dodgers interest as minimal to this point. ¬†Right now the Dodgers seem focused on adding another infield bat via trade (possibly Robinson Cano according to Ken Rosenthal) and just go inhouse at shortstop. Matt Kemp could be going the other way according to Rosenthal. If the Dodgers can acquire CanoRead More »

PIT/DET Trade Talks: Tigers moving on to Everet?


The Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Pirates have traded shortstop Jack Wilson to the Detroit Tigers but at this moment the Pirates have yet to confirm the deal. The Tigers have been showing the most interest in Wilson for some time. The Dodgers, Orioles have had discussions with the Pirates about Wilson and a mystery team believed to be the Cleveland Indians have made an inquiry Wilson is set to earn $7.25MM in ’09 and has an $8.4MM club option for ’10 with a $600K buyout. Updated: 1:35 p.m. Both teams are denying the report but talks are on-going. 4:35 p.m. The AP Reports, “After talking with Pittsburgh, the Tigers are now looking at Adam Everett, the person familiar with the Tigers’ talks said. Everett has played only 114 games the last two seasons with Houston and Minnesota. He hit .213 in 48 games with the Twins last season, missingRead More »

MLB: Dodgers balk at Pirates asking price


The Pirates asking price continues to be very high for Jack Wilson and the Dodgers, a team that has shown interest in Wilson since the trade deadline continue to balk at the Pirates demands according to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal reports the Pirates asking price is young shortstop Chin-Lung Hu and two other prospects. These are the same demands the Pirates had at the trade deadline in talks with the Dodgers. If the Pirates demands don‚Äôt come down, Wilson will be in a Pirates uniform¬†when spring training¬†begins.¬†Wilson is set to earn $7.25MM in ’09 and has a $8.4MM option for ’10 with a $600K buyout. For a look at teams interested in Jack Wilson, check out “The Pirates Rumor Chart”

MLB: Wilson & Grabow on the move?


Jack Wilson SS Pittsburgh Pirates is drawing interest from up to 5 teams Interested: Det, Tor, Bal, CLE, LAD, ATL? The Detroit Tigers, Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays have shown significant interest in Pirates shortstop Jack Wilson. The Tigers and Blue Jays have made plays for Wilson in the past and both teams have held talks with the Pirates. The Tigers could be the front runner to land Wilson and they are also believed to be interested in reliever John Grabow. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports Pirates would like to acquire Marlins catcher Matt Treanor and then trade him to Detroit along with Wilson. If the Giants fail to land Rafael Furcal, a source indicates the Giants may join the Wilson sweepstakes.

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.