Pirates, Vazquez near deal


The Pittsburgh Pirates are on the verge of a two-year, $4 million deal with infielder Ramon Vazquez. Vazquez hit a career-high .290 with a .365 on-base percentage with the Texas Rangers last season. ESPN’s Buster Olney first reported about the Pirates interest in Vazquez. The Pirates have not made offers to DAvid Eckstien or Craig Counsel.

MLB: Pirates/Phillies swap catchers


The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Philadelphia Phillies made a minor trade today. The Phils will send Class AAA catcher Jason Jaramillo to the Pirates for Ronny Paulino. Jaramillo hit .266 (112-for-421) with 20 doubles, eight home runs, 39 RBI and 48 runs scored in 115 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2008. Jaramillo’s Minor League Stats

MLB: Royals contact Pirates?


Inside Pittsburgh Sports MLB Rumor Mill Daily Updates on the latest rumors around MLB 12/10/08 The Kansas City Royals have made a minor inquiry about Jack Wilson. Nothing substantial other than an inquiry. Their focus remains on Rafael Furcal who is down to four teams, (Royals, A’s, Blue Jays and Dodgers). Perez eyes $70 million over 5 years According to Jon Heyman of CNNSI, former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Oliver Perez is believed to be seeking a 5 year contract in the range of $70 million. Royals remain in the mix for Rafael Furcal Steve Phillips Reports, The Royals, Blue Jays, A’s and Dodgers remain in the mix for free-agent shortstop Rafael Furcal. Kansas City’s front office has asked ownership for more money. The A’s had their offer rejected, but they’re still in it according to Phillips. Furcal appears to be looking for which team will offer the most money. NiceRead More »

MLB: Zach Duke for Robert Andino?


Jeff Frisaro reports, Marlins infielder Robert Andino, who is out of options, could be headed to the Pirates. Florida’s second round pick in 2002, Andino has been blocked at shortstop by All-Star Hanley Ramirez. Versatile Alfredo Amezaga also stands in Andino’s way of playing time. And the recent addition of infielder Emilio Bonifacio from the Nationals has opened the door for Florida to move Andino. The Marlins have had discussions with the Pirates about Andino, who spent about half of 2008 at Triple-A. The Pirates have been in discussions with the Marlins for the past couple days and according to sources Zach Duke could be going the other way.

Braves among teams interested in Nate McLouth


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 Latest Pirates Buzz


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.

Source: Unlikely that Dodgers trade for Wilson; Cano for Kemp?


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 »

PIT/DET Trade Talks: Tigers moving on to Everet?


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 »

Down Market: Pirates should pursue Adam Dunn


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 »

MLB: Loretta on Pirates radar?


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