The Latest Pirates Buzz


As soon as the Pirates non-tendered Matt Capps, 14-16 teams expressed interest in the Pirates former closer. When the Pirates tried to move Capps at the winter meetings there was no interest because teams knew that the Pirates were going to release him. Media leaks during the winter meetings played no factor in teams shying away from Capps. Whoever states that is just trying to make their ego bigger. The reason Capps drew no interest at the winter meetings was because of a flurry of talk from league executives that the Pirates were going to release Capps. That talk started on Monday December 7th and the rest of the week, the Pirates didn’t receive any serious calls about Capps. Meanwhile, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington is taking a lot of heat for letting Capps walk for nothing. Where Huntington should be faulted is not moving Capps at last July’s tradeRead More »

Huntington not shying away from Scott Boras clients


The Latest Pirates Buzz Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports Despite the Pedro Alvarez saga from the summer of 2008, Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington and super agent Scott Boras have a good relationship dating back to Huntington’s days in Cleveland. Boras for the most part blames Pirates CEO Frank Coonelly for the Alvarez situation not Huntington. This off-season Huntington is not shying away from Boras clients. In October it was reported by TIOPS baseball insider John Perrotto that the Pirates had an interest in Boras client Hank Blalock and later reported by Perrotto that pitcher Ron Villone, another Boras client, was of interest to Pittsburgh. The Pirates interest in Boras clients is now up to four as the Pirates pursuit of outfielder Rick Ankiel has been no secret and Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported today that the Pirates have made an initial inquiry on Xavier Nady.Read More »

Free Agency Buzz: SS Khalil Green an intriguing option for the Pirates


By John Perrotto The Pirates’ offense certainly could use help after finishing 15th in the 16-team National League in runs scored this year. The Pirates plan to look for that help through free agency once players being hitting the open market 15 days after the World Series ends. While the Pirates won’t be players for someone like Matt Holliday _ after all, they are owned by the penny-pinching Bob Nutting _ they are looking at a number of free agents who are still relatively young and could be signed at a reasonable price. The Pirates would like to add a corner infielder and one player they have targeted is Hank Blalock, who has spent his entire eight-year career with Texas. Blalock is just 28 but five years have passed since he made back-to-back appearances in the All-Star Game in 2003 and 2004. Blalock did play in 123 games this yearRead More »

Pirates-Offseason Lookahead: Blalock & Baldelli on the Pirates radar?


By John Perrotto Photo: David Hague – Inside Pittsburgh Sports The Pirates’ 2009 season was in its final ugly days when manager John Russell began looking forward to 2010. “This was sort of a unique season in that it was almost like we had two different teams, one before the trades and one after,” the manager. “It was tough for the fact you were bringing a lot of players from a lot of different organizations and putting together in the middle of the season. “Things will be different next year. We’ll go through a full spring training together. Everyone will know everyone else better. Everyone will have a better understanding of the Pirates’ way of doing everything. I’m excited about it.” It is understandable why Russell and the rest of the Pirates want to put 2009 in the rearview mirror as they went 62-99 and finished with the second-worst recordRead More »