Are the Pirates a longshot to sign Pitcher Paul Byrd?
This talk of the Braves being out of the Jake Peavy sweepstakes is being a bit overblown. The New York Post is reporting the New York Yankees are prepared to make A.J. Burnett a offer that could be worth $80 million over five years. This comes on the heels of the Yankees making an initial offer to pitcher C.C. Sabathia in the range of $140-145 million over 6 years. The Red Sox have also joined the Burnett sweepstakes According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Cubs are close to re-signing Ryan Dempster to a four-year contract. The deal is believed to be in the range of $52 million. As expected the Baltimore Orioles have begun their pursuit of Maryland-born first baseman Mark Teixeira. The Washington Nationals have been in on Adam Dunn, Mark Teixeira and Manny Ramirez. The addition of outfielder Matt Holliday hasn’t stopped the A’s from buildingRead More »
The Latest Rumors from Day 1 3:00 p.m. MLB Free agency is not like NHL free agency where all of the big names are gone in the first two days. There is even talk that Mark Teixeira may not sign until December. 12:57 p.m.Juan Rivera on the Pirates radar? Indications are the Pirates have interest in former Angels outfielder Juan Rivera. In 89 games last year Rivera hit 12 home runs – 45 RBI’s. Rivera has been injured the past couple seasons but he still has some good baseball left in him. 12:50 p.m. The Nationals are really creating a lot of buzz today. They are believed to be prepared to make a pitch for Adam Dunn, Mark Teixeira and even Manny Ramirez. (In that particular order) 12: 43 p.m. The Orioles are believed to be prepared to offer A.J. Burnett a four year deal in the $58 – $60Read More »
1. LAD LF Manny Ramirez 37 HR – 121 RBI .332AVG Interested: LAD, NYY, SF, WAS TOR, BAL, NYM For the Short term there is not a better hitter on the market than Manny Ramirez. At age 36 Ramirez is going to find it difficult to get the 4-5 year contract he wants. The Dodgers have currently made a 2 year offer worth 45 million. They are willing to go three years but it remains to be seen whether they will go four years. Sleeper Team:Washington Nationals 2. MIL P C.C. Sabathia 17-10 2.70 Interested: NYY, LAD, NYM, LAA, SF, MIL, BOS The Yankees are expected to make a 6-7 year offer worth $150 million. No one will match that. Sabathia expected to garner significant interest from the Dodgers and Angels. Sleeper Team: Milwaukee Brewers Latest: Reports indicate there is pressure from the Union for Sabathia to accept the YankeesRead More »
The Steelers have not confirmed a report from Profootball talk that Marvel Smith will undergo another surgery on his back which will end his season. Smith is exploring all his options right now. Smith‚Äôs back injury has been much worse than the Steelers coaching staff has made it out to me. The San Diego Chargers will throw early and often against the Steelers. The Chargers will look to attack Steelers cornerback William Gay who will make his first NFL start. Fernando Bryant is vying to be the Steelers #3 cornerback this week. LaMarr Woodley remains a bit limited with his calf injury but did practice today. Woodley should play in Sunday‚Äôs game. Ben Roethlisberger, Willie Parker, and Hines Ward all practiced today. Ben has thrown the ball well the past two days in practice.
Expect to see the Pirates more involved in the trade market than the free agent market. The Pirates are looking to restock their system and will listen to offers for just about everybody. The Pirates will be players at the GM meetings and a lot of names will be rumored It is very unlikely that Nate McLouth will be moved. The Yankees have considerable interest but it‚Äôs going to take a package of Robinson Cano, Ian Kennedy for the Pirates to move McLouth. The Marlins have also made an inquiry The Rangers, Rockies, Mets, and Yankees have interest in Ian Snell. The Braves have also shown interest and if they miss out on Jake Peavy they may explore making a play for Snell and signing a bigger name in free agency like Derek Lowe. Still, just as it is with McLouth, the Pirates asking price is high with Snell. TheRead More »
The market for Jack Wilson is strong and six teams have expressed interest but that number will get smaller once free agency begins. The top two shortstops on the market will be Orlando Cabrera and Rafael Furcal. Once those two are off the board, it will become apparent where Wilson could end up. Check the MLB Chart for the list of teams. Cleveland is among four teams to express interest in Freddy Sanchez The New York Mets are a potential landing spot for John Grabow
The Pirates will select #4 in next years draft which is expected to be pitching heavy Protected First-Round Picks 1. Nationals (59-102) 2. Mariners (61-101) 3. Padres (63-99) 4. Pirates (67-95) 5. Orioles (68-93) 6. Giants (72-90) 7. Braves (72-90) 8. Reds (74-88) 9. Tigers (74-88) 10. Nationals (compensation for failure to sign 2008 first-rounder Aaron Crow) 11. Rockies (74-88) 12. Royals (75-87) 13. Athletics (75-86) 14. Rangers (79-83) 15. Indians (81-81) 16. Diamondbacks (82-80)