Former Pirate Freddy Sanchez makes history in World Series debut


By John Perrotto SAN FRANCISCO_ Long after his spectacular World Series debut had ended and he had concluded his post-game workout and training room sessions, Freddy Sanchez reminisced about his days with the Pirates. In particular, the San Francisco Giants’ second baseman though back to 2006 when he appeared in his first of three consecutive All-Star Games, having the added bonus of the game being played at PNC Park, then won the National League batting title on the last day of the season. They are certainly two moments to remember. However, PNC Park seemed every bit as far away on Wednesday night as the 2,258 miles that separate it from AT&T Park. Sanchez went 4-for-5 with three doubles and three RBIs to lead the Giants to an 11-7 victory over the Texas Rangers and Cliff Lee, who had gone 7-0 in eight starts over the last two postseasons, in GameRead More »

Pittsburgh Pirates All-Decade Team


By John Perrotto Looking back at the Pirates in the 2000s, as the decade comes to a close, there have been some positives for the franchise. For one, they opened PNC Park in 2001 and it is generally considered the best facility in the major leagues. Secondly, uh, secondly, well there really is no second. The 2000s consisted of a whole lot of losing by the Pirates as they finished under .500 during all 10 seasons of the decade. That pushes their streak of losing seasons to 17, a record for major North American team sports. However, let’s sift through the rubble of the 2000s, a period in which the Pirates never won more than 75 games in a season and averaged nearly 94 losses a year to try to pick an all-decade team for the woebegone franchise: Catcher_Jason Kendall. Even though “The Kid” wasn’t as good in the 2000sRead More »

MLB: 4:35 pm: Pirates pushing forward to trade Sanchez


Despite a last ditch effort from Sanchez’s camp to work out a contract extension, the Pirates are moving forward and will trade their All-Star second baseman today. The Pirates remain engaged in talks with the Giants. Word from Minnesota is that Pittsburgh has not halted talks with the Twins to this point and they remain somewhat in the mix. The ball is in San Francisco’s court right now. There hasn’t been much discussions with the Cubs today relating to Sanchez.

Giants committed to finalizing a deal with the Pirates


Sanchez Sweepstakes: The Pirates have not cut off talks with the Minnesota Twins or the Chicago Cubs but the team is pushing forward in talks with the San Francisco Giants and a deal could be announced as early as Wednesday evening. The framework of a deal is already in place as Pirates have their choice of picking 2-3 prospects from a group of five prospects the Giants have deemed available in a deal for Sanchez. The Pirates are believed to have agreed to pay some of Sanchez’s salary. Inside Look at some names that are rumored to be heading to Pittsburgh.

MLB: Cubs get back into the mix for Sanchez


Sources tell TIOPS the Chicago Cubs are back in the mix for Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez. The Cubs have been “kicking the tires” on Sanchez since the All-Star break but ownership issues have plagued their ability to become serious suitors to this point. The Cubs are also in on reliever John Grabow. Pittsburgh has been scouting Cubs prospect Jay Jackson. The Pirates remain in deep discussions with the San Francisco Giants and the Minnesota Twins. The Giants and the Twins remain the favorites to land Sanchez despite the emergence of the Cubs. Indications if Sanchez is dealt to the Giants, a trade will not be official until after Wednesday’s game.

Sanchez, Wilson close to being dealt?


The Pirates have informed Freddy Sanchez that a trade is close. Sources tell TIOPS that Sanchez was informed he will not be in the lineup until after Friday’s July 31st deadline, if a trade falls through. Sanchez and Jack Wilson have been scratched from tonight’s lineup. Live Updates

Sanchez open to signing long-term with the Twins?; Giants still in the mix


Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez is in the midst of a 0-for-20 slump, just 4 days before the July 31st deadline. The $8.5 million option Sanchez is due for next season remains an obstacle in trade talks and to go along with the fact that Sanchez is not healthy (knee), there are now less suitors for the former batting champion, than there was a month ago. The one team expressing the most interest in Sanchez is the Minnesota Twins. Currently the Twins are reportedly in “deep discussions” with the Oakland A’s about shortstop Orlando Cabrera who is their #1 target at the trade deadline. What could make the Cabrera talks go south is if the Twins can’t land A’s reliever Michael Wuertz in the deal. It’s believed the Twins are unwilling to meet the A’s asking price for Cabrera, if the A’s don’t include Wuertz into the deal. DespiteRead More »