Doumit trade talks to heat up next month at the Winter Meetings


Pirates listening to offers for Doumit At the trade deadline Pirates GM Neal Huntington made it known that catcher Ryan Doumit was available for trade and the Pirates are taking the same stance this off-season. Trade talks surrounding Doumit is expected to heat up at the 2009 Winter Meetings in Indianapolis which will run from December 7-11. Pittsburgh has held preliminary trade discussions with the Colorado Rockies and Tampa Bay Rays. The Rockies interest has been lukewarm as the Pirates have been eyeing short-stop prospect Hector Gomez or Eric Young jr. The Rockies are likely to pass on Doumit and go with Chris Iannetta next season. Pirates management though expects interest to pick up at the Winter Meetings with three more suitors already being mentioned;

Day 1: International Free Agency Buzz


By John Perrotto The first day major-league clubs could sign international amateur free agents came and went with the Pirates still waiting to see if they will land their primary target. Miguel Sano, the greatly hyped 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic, did not sign Thursday and is not expected to make his decision until sometime this weekend. The Pirates are still considered the favorites to sign the 6-foot-3, 190-pounder, though the Minnesota Twins are also expected to make a significant bid. There has also been speculation the Baltimore Orioles could make an offer to Sano for as much as $5 million. The record bonus for an international amateur is the $4.25 that the Oakland Athletics paid pitcher Michael Ynoa last year. The Pirates are also making a strong bid to sign Dominican right-hander