Pirates trade Jack Wilson, Ian Snell to Seattle


The Pittsburgh Pirates just announced that they have traded Ian Snell and Jack Wilson to Seattle. The team will acquire first baseman Jeff Clement, shortstop Ronny Cedeno and right-handed pitchers Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock from the Mariners. Dejan Kovacevic first reported this afternoon that Wilson was traded to Seattle. The Mariners intend to keep Wilson beyond this year which is why they got back into the mix this week. The Mariners and Pirates have been scouting each other extensively over the past month. Clement, 25, is a former first round pick and is batting .288 with 14 home runs (33 doubles) and 68 RBI’s in 92 games for Class AAA Tacoma. The Pirates intend to use Clement at first base but he will be assigned to Class AAA Indianapolis this week. Pitchers Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lrin and Nathan Adcock will be assigned to Class A. Shortstop RonnyRead More »

Four teams “kicking the tires” on Ian Snell


The pitcher that the Pirates are actively shopping around the league is Ian Snell, who asked to be demoted to Class AAA Indianapolis weeks ago. The team will listen to offers for Zach Duke, Paul Maholm but Pirates GM Neal Huntington is not actively shopping either player to this point. As for Snell, internal discussions have been on-going as to whether the Pirates can bring Snell back into the clubhouse. Snell (2-1) has pitched well in the minors, lowering his ERA to 0.34 after picking up his 2nd win for Class AAA Indianapolis, Thursday night. Snell allowed one unearned run and two hits in 6 1/3 innings with five walks and seven strikeouts. Among the teams that have been scouting Snell over the past two weeks are the Yankees, Phillies, Mets and

Can Ian Snell Revive his career in Pittsburgh?


By John Perrotto Ian Snell is on his way to Class AAA Indianapolis, which has to make Pirates’ fans happy. The right-hander had become the paying customers’ whipping boy this season. Not that the title wasn’t justified as he was 2-8 with a5.36 ERA in 15 starts before being sent out Thursday. He was booed heavily in his last start Tuesday night by the PNC Park crowd as he needed 70 pitches to get just eight outs in a loss to the Cleveland Indians as he was knocked out of the game in the third inning. The boos and various stories, columns and blog posts written about how Snell has continually refused to accept any of the blame for his poor pitching finally got to the 27-year-old. Snell claimed that he went to the Pirates and told them he wanted sent to Indianapolis in order to escape the negativity surroundingRead More »

Colorado Rockies are shaping up as the most likely trade partner for Ian Snell


PITTSBURGH _ There was plenty of speculation swirling around the Pirates’ clubhouse Sunday morning that another big trade was about to go down. General manager Neal Huntington, manager John Russell and the coaching staff held a long meeting in Russell’s office before the Pirates beat the Detroit Tigers 6-3 in the afternoon. More than one person in the clubhouse seemed convinced right-hander Ian Snell was headed out of town. They might be right. There are indications the Pirates are willing to trade Snell and the Colorado Rockies are shaping up as the most likely trade partner.

Snell struggles as Pirates fall to Cubs 6-1


By Paul Ladewski There was a silver lining for the Pirates on an otherwise miserable evening in Chicago on Tuesday. The Pirates lost a rain-shortened baseball game against the Cubs at cold, rainy Wrigley Field, 6-1, but at least they got their closer back. Struck on his pitching arm by a line drive one night earlier, Matt Capps breathed easier to report that x-rays had revealed no structural damage. “Right now, I’m very encouraged,” said Capps, who could return to action before the end of the week. “It’s pretty sore right now. Definitely, this is by far the best scenario that it could have been. Capps dodged a bullet almost literally. Red stitch marks were still visible just below his right elbow, where a Geovany Soto rocket drove him from the mound in the ninth inning only hours earlier. “It sounded like a shotgun went off three feet away fromRead More »

Pirates to consider using McCutchen in RF?


The Latest Pirates Buzz The Pirates struggles in Milwaukee continue as the Brewers beat the Pirates 10-5 Monday night. The Pirates rallied to tie the game at 5-5 in the top of the 8th inning but the Pirates bullpen imploded, surrendering 5 runs. The Pirates are 11-8 through 19 games. Moss batting .216 on the season. With Nyjer Morgan among the Pirates top hitters this season, there is some talk that the Pirates have had internal discussions about using Andrew McCutchen in right field and going with an outfield of Morgan ‚Äì McLouth ‚Äì McCutchen, when the Pirates decide to call up McCutchen. The Pirates will stick with right fielder Brandon Moss for the time being as the Pirates have to find out what they have in Moss. It will be a PR nightmare if Moss doesn‚Äôt pan out as it will look like the Pirates basically traded Jason BayRead More »

Snell, Monroe lead Pirates to 10-0 win


Pirates improve to 6-5 on the season Ian Snell (1-2) pitched seven scoreless innings and Craig Monroe hit two three run homers in consecutive innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates (6-5) beat the Atlanta Braves (5-6) 10-0 Saturday afternoon at PNC Park Monroe getting a rare start in right field, had the first six RBI game by a Pirates player since Jose Castillo in 2006 but the big story of the afternoon was the performance of starting pitcher Ian Snell.

Snell struggles as Pirates fall to Cardinals 9-3


By John Perrotto ST. LOUIS _ The one thing we have learned about Ian Snell since he first came to the major leagues with the Pirates in 2004 is that you never know what you‚Äôre going to get from the right-hander. He can be brilliant in one start and awful the next. There is seemingly never any in-between. Tuesday night, he was awful, getting tagged for eight runs, six earned, and nine hits in four innings of a 9-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. He walked three, uncorked two wild pitches, gave up two home runs and threw just 49 of his 89 pitches for strikes. ‚ÄúI had nothing,‚Äù Snell said. That was obvious from the outset as he gave up two runs in the first inning by walking his long-time nemesis Albert Pujols with two outs and then surrendering a two-run home run to ChrisRead More »