MLB: Report: Pirates pursuing Hinske, Luis Gonzalez reports, The Pirates have their sights set on free agent outfielder Eric Hinske as the team searches for a fourth outfielder and bench option. An agreement could be close between the two sides. The deal is believed to be a one year deal worth $1.8MM with incentives 1:30 p.m. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pirates are pursuing free-agent outfielder Luis Gonzalez. Gonzalez, 41 batted batted .261 with eight home runs and 47 RBIs in 341 at-bats with the Florida Marlins last season. Source: Post-Gazette Sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports, The Pirates have also reached out to outfielder

Pirates claim minor league pitcher off of waivers


The Pirates claimed pitcher Virgil Vasquez off waivers from the San Diego Padres today. The 26 year old, went 12-12 with a 4.81 ERA, 115 strikeouts and 37 walks in 27 starts for the Detroit Tigers AAA affiliate (Toledo) last season. Vasquez pitched in five games with the Tigers in 2007, going 0-1 with a 8.64 ERA. Arbitration dates set: Major League Baseball has announced the dates for arbitration hearings for outfielder Nate McLouth and Paul Maholm. McLouth’s case will be heard on February 17th and Maholm’s case will be heard on February 10th.

The Latest Pirates Buzz; Prospect Report; Pirates reach out to Jones?


Adam Laroche ($7.05 million per season) making more money than Xavier Nady ($6.65 million per season) in 09 won‚Äôt sit well with Pirates fans. The good news is the Pirates will not open contract talks with Laroche about an long-term extension this winter. Last off-season the Pirates entertained the idea. Baseball‚Äôs salary system is truly rigged when Zach Duke made $400,000 last season while going 5-14 with a 4.82 ERA and signs a one year deal worth $2.2 million, the following season. Nate McLouth has submitted $3.8 million which is a fair submission. The Pirates are offering $2.75 million. The Pirates are offering a player who hit 26 home runs and won a gold glove, only 555,000 more than the contract they gave to a 5-14 pitcher. The Pirates were 67-95 last season with Jason Bay, Xavier Nady and Damaso Marte on their opening day roster. Over/Under on 100 lossesRead More »

MLB: Pirates, Laroche agree to 1 yr – $7.05 million deal


The Pittsburgh Pirates and first baseman Adam LaRoche have agreed to a one year deal worth $7.05 million. Laroche 29, made $5 million last season while batting .270 with 25 home runs and 85 RBIs. The Pirates now have five arbitration-eligible players — outfielder Nate McLouth and pitchers John Grabow, Zach Duke, Tyler Yates and Paul Maholm Sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports, the Pirates are close to reaching deals (if they haven’t already)

Pirates picking up pursuit of Cabrera


Sources indicate the Pittsburgh Pirates are picking up their pursuit of pitcher Daniel Cabrera. Cabrera, 27, was not tendered a contract by the Orioles on Friday. He was 8-10 with a 5.25 ERA while making $2,875,000 this past season, with 90 walks and 95 strikeouts in 180 innings. Cabrera has received interest from over 10 teams and already has a multi year offer on the table. It‚Äôs being speculated that the Rangers are the team that made the early multi year offer. The Pirates are prepared to make a two year offer with incentives and Cabrera is currently the Pirates top target on the pitching market. Ty Wigginton may to be out of the Pirates price range. Reports have indicated that Wigginton is seeking more than what Casey Blake received ( three-year, $17.5 million deal). Pirartes are willing to go as high as two years at $5.5 million per season.Read More »

Pirates eye reliever Bootcheck


The Pirates have made a offer to free-agent reliever Chris Bootcheck according to reports. Bootcheck, 30, is a 6-foot-5, 210-pound right-hander who spent parts of the past five seasons with the Los Angeles Angels and posted a 6.04 ERA in 77 appearances, including a 10.13 ERA in 10 appearances this past season.

The Latest Pirates Buzz


The Pirates have more interest in Ty Wigginton than I thought they would. Wigginton hit .285 last season with 23 homers and 58 RBI’s in 111 games last season. According to sources the Pirates may be willing to offer a two year deal in the $5.5 – $6 million per season range. Wigginton is believed to be seeking a three year deal. My sources are skeptical that the Pirates will be willing to go three years. Huntington is believed to be taking the Ray Shero approach. Reluctant to offer more than two year deals to players in their 30‚Äôs who aren‚Äôt bona fide stars. While Wigginton is among the Pirates top targets, the Pirates are ‚Äúkicking the tires‚Äù on another potential right handed bat (Outfielder). The Braves remain interested in Ian Snell. Check out the Pirates Rumor Chart for other suitors. The Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in pitcher Daniel CabreraRead More »

MLB: Pirates interested in Ty Wigginton?


The Pirates, Reds, Indians and Giants are among four teams to express interest in third baseman Ty Wigginton according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune. A source with the Pirates characterized the Pirates interest as just being in the ‚Äúexploratory stages‚Äù but they did reach out to Wigginton‚Äôs camp. Wigginton hit .285 last season with 23 homers and 58 RBI’s in 111 games last season. Wigginton is believed to be seeking a three year deal.