Oakland’s David DeJesus emerging as Pirates top target for outside help?


By John Perrotto Sometimes the numbers paint a clearer picture than words. The Pirates are scoring 3.89 runs a game, 0.21 below the National League average, which puts them 12th among the league’s 16 teams. They are also 12th in batting average (.245) and on-base percentage (.312), 13th in slugging percentage (.362) and 14th in OPS (.674). Yet the Pirates are the surprise team of baseball with a 51-45 record, putting them in first place in the National League Central by .001 percentage points ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers (53-47). However, if a franchise noted for having some of the greatest hitters in the game’s history is to make an amazing worst-to-first transformation one year after losing 105 games, it won’t because of scoring plenty of runs. “We are looking for every way possible to strengthen the ballclub offensively,” Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. “Some of those are internal. SomeRead More »

Pirates Weekly Report: Huntington starting to develop a plan for the future?


5/31 – 6/7 (Record: 3-4) The Trade of Nate McLouth showed Pirates fans and Major League Baseball that Pirates GM Neal Huntington is a risk taker. The trade sent shockwaves through the Pirates fan base and the reception of the trade has been aboout 90% negative. Huntington knew the trade of McLouth wouldn’t go over easy with fans but whether you agree with the trade or not, at least Huntington is starting to develop a model of how he wants to construct his team in the future. Buster Olney reported this week that he heard the Pirates were concerned about Nate McLouth’s defensive abilities, so they moved him now before his trade value diminished. Based on Neal Huntington’s comments that appears to be the truth and despite winning a gold glove in 2008, many scouts felt McLouth was the most over-rated center fielder (defensively) in the game. Looking to acquireRead More »