Blue Jays sign former Pirate Jose Bautista to $65 million deal


The Toronto Blue Jays and Jose Bautista have agreed to a five-year, $65 million contract that also includes a club option for $13 million in 2016. Enrique Rojas, of ESPNdeportes, was the first to report the tentative agreement Wednesday. Bautista, 30, has been a career journeyman but exploded with 54 home runs and 124 RBI’s in 2010 for Toronto. Bautisa was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round of the 2000 draft. Bautista was traded from Pittsburgh to Toronto in 2008. He hit 16 home runs in 2006 with the Pirates, followed by 15 home runs in 2007 for Pittsburgh.

Huntington’s assessment of Dana Eveland an indictment of how thin pitching is in the organization


By John Perrotto Sometimes, it just seems that there is no light at the end of the tunnel for the Pirates. Such was the case again on Tuesday night, even though hometown hero Neil Walker’s first major-league home run, a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth inning, lifted the Pirates to a 3-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park. Walker’s dramatics came hours after the Pirates’ woeful lack of talent again showed when they felt compelled to trade Class AA Altoona right-handed reliever Ronald Uviedo, a middling prospect with a solid chance of at least reaching the major leagues, to the Toronto Blue Jays for left-hander Dana Eveland, now on his fifth major-league team at the ripe old age of 26. General manager Neal Huntington’s assessment was both sobering and an indictment of how thin pitching is in the organization from top to bottom. “He’s hadRead More »

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 Free Agency Frenzy


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 »