According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Atlanta Braves are interested in Pirates centerfielder Nate McLouth. Sources told me a few days ago that the Yankees have also checked in with the Pirates about Nate McLouth. A third team has also shown interest. It should not come as any surprise that the Braves are showing interest in pitcher Ian Snell. The Braves have been linked to Snell since the end of the season. John Perrotto of the Beaver County Times reports the Braves have also inquired about Paul Maholm. Pittsburgh is very high on Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson but it would take lot more than Johnson for the Pirates to move McLouth. The Pirates have recently held talks with the Marlins, Cardinals, Braves, Twins, and Yankees about possible trades.
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.
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 »
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 »
A down economy has made it to Major League Baseball. Many teams are likely to cut back this off-season and there is even speculation that the Yankees payroll will be lower than what it was last year. When the market is down, there are bargains out there. One player the Pirates should take a strong look at is Adam Dunn. According to Jerry Crasnick, Dunn’s price might be dropping in a down market. Two NL officials told Crasnick that ‚Äúthey wondered whether Dunn would command even a Jose Guillen-caliber, three-year, $36 million deal from a team other than a small market team like the Washington Nationals‚Äù Dunn strikes out a lot but so what. Dunn 29, has 5 straight 40 home run seasons and he’s a sure bet for 40 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .380 on-base percentage every season. What is also intriguing about Dunn is it won’tRead More »
Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports at least four clubs have expressed interested in free agent infielder Mark Loretta. Crasnick mentions the Pirates are one of the four teams interested in Loretta. Loretta 37, hit .280 in 101 games with Houston last season. The Pirates are most likely intrigued by Loretta because he play all four infield positions. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick
Wilson to be dealt at the GM Meetings? The Tigers, Dodgers and four others teams have made inquires about Pirates short stop Jack Wilson. One source believes Wilson will be dealt at the GM meetings (Dec 8th ‚Äì Dec11th) but I‚Äôm kind of skeptical despite the Pirates aggressively shopping Wilson. Pittsburgh needs a MLB ready shortstop coming the other way and the Pirates are still looking for a 3-1 swap which has turned some teams away. The Tigers, Blue Jays and Dodgers have shown the most interest. Talks with those teams and others will heat up in the next couple weeks.
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”
The Pirates have signed Indian pitchers Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh according to Yahoo Japan. The two signed minor league contracts and will participate in the Pirates‚Äô minor league camp next year according to the report. The two pitchers were spotted by MLB scouts through a contest Scouting Report courtesy of EastWindupChronicle “Singh, a 6-2, 195-pound left-hander, throws 89-90 mph with a split-fingered changeup. He continually tinkers with different breaking balls. Patel, a 5-11, 185-pound right-hander, throws 91-92 mph with a circle changeup. Patel says he‚Äôs the conservative one of the two, leaving the experimenting to Singh.”
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.