LATEST PIRATES RUMORS With 41 home runs and 102 RBIs, pending free agent Chris Davis is viewed in MLB circles as ‘homering his way’ out of Baltimore. The Pirates looked into Davis last month and are already being mentioned as a team likely to pursue Davis this winter. Expect #Pirates will have interest in Chris Davis too — I doubt Pedro Alvarez is back — but big money FAs not a usual play for them. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) September 9, 2015 The Pirates plan to move on from Pedro Alvarez in the off-season and seek to solidify the first base position. While Davis is believed to intrigue the Pirates, with top hitting prospect Josh Bell on track to reach the Majors by middle of next season, it’s unlikely the Pirates dip their toes into the Davis sweepstakes this winter. Pittsburgh is more likely to go the stop-gap route withRead More »
$16 million a year for Martin? The Chicago Cubs have been the team all along that Pirate officials feared would outbid the rest of the field and have Pittsburgh nowhere in the ballpark. That’s where things might be headed as Martin is getting close to signing a new deal with Chicago remaining the likely landing spot. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that executives involved in the bidding regard the Cubs as the “clear front runner” with a deal for Martin coming in the range of four years, $64 million. The sweepstakes for Martin are believed to be down to two (Cubs, Blue Jays?) with the Pirates and Dodgers out of the mix. Martin met with Toronto officials this week and had been considering the AL due to interest in playing less time at first base.
PIRATES UNDECIDED ON FRANCISCO LIRIANO The Pittsburgh Pirates, as expected, will make a qualifying offer to Russell Martin, Jon Heyman of CBSSports reports, citing league sources. The qualifying offer will be $15.3 million. Martin is expected to command a four to five year deal worth $14-$16 million per season in free agency. Among the strongest suitors for Martin could include the Cubs, Dodgers and Texas Rangers who just hired Pirates bench Jeff Banister as their new manager today.
BEST PRICE WILL WIN OUT FOR MARTIN? Russell Martin will officially hit the open market in two months and the Pirates have known this for a long time, a reason they haven’t made any attempt to resign Martin since spring training ended. Martin wants four years, Pirates officials have acknowledged privately, which has lowered their expectations of resigning him, though, Pittsburgh intends to make a very competitive offer this winter. However, there’s no expectation in Pirate headquarters that a hometown discount will come from Martin.
PIRATES TRIED TO MOVE ALVAREZ IN PAST COUPLE DAYS The Pittsburgh Pirates found out this week, Pedro Alvarez’s trade value is at an all-time low and that doesn’t bode well for the off-season. According to team sources, the Pirates actively tried to move Alvarez in potential deals for Major League roster players, including a deal with the Chicago Cubs this afternoon, but the Cubs weren’t interested in the now widely looked at platoon player.
IS PEDRO ON THE MOVE? Are the Pirates willing to move Pedro Alvarez by Thursday’s 4:00 p.m. trade deadline? The buzz in the industry is absolutely, though, it’s believed Pittsburgh is only interested in a deal that brings a key Major League player back. Despite Alvarez’s struggles at the plate and in the field, there are few hitters available, especially ones with Alvarez’s power. It can’t be ruled out that Alvarez would come into play in a multi-player deal were the Pirates to go big and acquire David Price or Jon Lester. He has been talked with AL teams. Alvarez is benched again tonight despite the Pirates facing right handed pitcher Tim Hudson. Alvarez is 4-13 with 3 RBI in his career against Hudson. Here's the #Pirates lineup for tonight. pic.twitter.com/SgXUO50HW7 — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) July 29, 2014 Pirates coaches prefer to play Josh Harrison at third base and thereRead More »