Latest Pirates Trade Rumblings Beltran sweepstakes heating up Interest is so high in Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran that the Mets expect to move him well before the July 31st trade deadline. According to SI’s Jon Heyman, things are shaping where “there are the favorites and the longshots.” Heyman lists the Phillies and Red Sox as the leading favorites with the Braves and Giants among the top four teams in the mix. The Pirates have kicked the tires on Beltran but that’s the farthest things are expected to go as the team doesn’t have expectations to make an actual play for Beltran. Pirates look into Wigginton? The Pittsburgh Pirates have been scouting the Colorado Rockies of late. The Rockies are willing to move some relievers, which might interest the Pirates but the Pirates have also looked into Ty Wigginton, according to one major league source.
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 »
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 »
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.