MLB: Pirates, Red Sox talking trade again?


GM Neal Huntington wants to open the season with Garrett Jones on his ball club, but following the Francisco Liriano signing that will become official when Liriano passes his physical, Huntington has pressure on him from Team President Frank Coonelly to shed some salary and keep the payroll no higher than $70 million, sources tell Inside Pittsburgh

Analysis: Breaking down Joel Hanrahan trade & why Arguments from both sides are valid


ANALYSIS OF THE JOEL HANRAHAN DEAL Argument No. 1: Why this trade can be viewed as a good trade for the Pirates At a time when Joel Hanrahan still had two years of control, Pirates GM Neal Huntington knows that he missed the best chance to get the highest value for Hanrahan last off-season when Hanrahan was coming off a tremendous 2011 campaign, posting a 1.83 ERA, 40 saves and a 61/16 strike to walk ratio. A year later Huntington entered trade talks this off-season with a now 31 year old closer who had just 1 year of control and set to make $6-$7 million due to the arbitration process. To complicate matters for the Pirates, Hanrahan in 2012 had a drop off from 2011, posting a 2.72 ERA and giving up 8 homers (allowed just 1 homer in 2011) in 59 2/3 innings. Hanrahan’s homers per nine jumped fromRead More »

MLB: Red Sox remain interested in Jack Wilson


The Boston Red Sox and the Pittsburgh Pirates made a three player trade Wednesday afternoon, as the Pirates traded Adam Laroche to Boston for two minor league prospects. The two teams could strike another deal before the July 31st deadline as the Red Sox remain “highly interested” in Pirates SS Jack Wilson. Wilson was discussed in the trade that sent Adam Laroche to Boston on Wednesday. The Red Sox would like to upgrade their defense for the stretch run and have been eyeing Wilson over the past week. The Pirates are expected to wait until the weekend to see if a market develops for Wilson. Among the teams to be kicking the tires on Wilson have been

MLB: Bay, Red Sox to talk extension


Former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jason Bay could net a long-term extension with the Boston Red Sox. According to the Boston Globe, the Red Sox are very interested in talking to Bay about an extension before spring training. Bay hit 31 home runs – 101 RBI’s in 155 games last season. Bay was traded to the Red Sox from the Pittsburgh Pirates on July 31, 2008. Bay batted .341 in the playoffs last season. Bay is believed to be seeking a 4yr deal worth $44-45 million.

MLB: Red Sox drop out of Teixeira sweepstakes


The Boston Globe reports, the Boston Red Sox out of the bidding for Mark Teixeira. According to the Globe, Red Sox owner John Henry stated “We met with Mr. Teixeira and were very much impressed with him. After hearing about his other offers, however, it seems clear that we are not going to be a factor.” Earlier tonight, multiple news outlets reported the Red Sox had traveled to Texas to meet with Teixeira and his agent, Scott Boras, in the hopes of trying to finalize a deal. WCVB-TV Channel 5 reported that the Red Sox had offered Teixeira an eight-year deal worth $184 million (an average of $23 million per season). The Nationals, Orioles and Angels are believed to be pursuing Teixeira. Source: Boston Globe

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 »

Rays Advance to World Series


The improbable dream has happened for the Tampa Bay Rays who went from worst to first, the young Rays completed a stunning run to their first pennant, holding off the defending champion Boston Red Sox 3-1 Sunday night behind Matt Garza’s masterful pitching in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series. The Rays nearly let the series slip away when they blew a seven-run lead late in Game 5 and lost Saturday night. Game 7 belonged to David Price and Matt Garza. Price the 2007 first overall pick struck out J.D. Drew with the bases loaded to end the eighth inning to preserve the Rays 3-1 lead. In the ninth, Price went through four batters to send the Rays to the World Series.

Red Sox beat Angels 3-2, advance to ALCS


The ALCS is set between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.Jason Bay scored with a headfirst slide on Jed Lowrie’s two-out single in the ninth inning and the Red Sox took advantage of a botched suicide squeeze, beating Los Angeles 3-2 Monday night to win their first-round playoff series in four games. The Rays and Red Sox divisional rivals will begin their seven game series Thursday. The Rays won the season series 10-8.

MLB Playoffs: Bay Lifts Red Sox to 4-1 win


Boston 4 – Anaheim 1 The Anaheim Angels were 8-1 against the Boston Red Sox during the regular season but none of that matters now. Jason Bay playing in his first post season game ever hit a two run homerun in the 6th inning and the Red Sox beat the Angels 4-1 Wednesday night. Bay brought the Sox back from a 1-0 deficit and they got a strong start from pitcher Jon Lester allowed only 1 unearned run in seven innings.