Analysis of the Pirates, Cubs 5 player deal


By John Perrotto The Pirates wanted the equivalent of two good prospects in order to give up left-handed reliever John Grabow. Their rationale was that they could hang on to him for the rest of the season, offer him salary arbitration, let him walk as a free agent and collect two compensatory draft picks since Grabow will be classified a Type A free agent in the Elias Sports Bureau statistical rankings. By throwing in Class AAA Indianapolis left-hander Tom Gorzelanny into a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, the Pirates feel they got three good prospects back in right-handers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio and infielder Josh Harrison. Hart will move into the Pirates’ rotation while Ascanio will go to Indianapolis and Harrison will report to high Class A Lynchburg. “It was yet another opportunity to add more quality players to our organization, both at the major-league and minor-leagueRead More »

4:07 p.m. Cubs, Pirates agree to deal in principle


Sources tell TIOPS, the Chicago Cubs and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a deal in principle that will send Pirates reliever John Grabow to Chicago. The deal is awaiting approval from the commissioners office and is expected to be announced following the Cubs afternoon game against the Houston Astros. There has also been word that Class AAA pitcher Tom Gorzelanny will be heading to Chicago that would make the deal a four player deal. A Player to be named later, depending on the performance of Gorzelanny could also be involved that would make the deal a 5 player deal. The return for the Pirates is unknown but as mentioned earlier the Pirates were heavily interested in pitching prospect Jay Jackson and SS Starling Castro. Updated: 5:06 p.m. – Pitching prospect Jay Jackson is missing his start tonight for Class AA Tennessee because he has been demoted to Class ARead More »

Latest Buzz: Grabow for (Cubs prospect) Castro in the works?; Jackson also on the Pirates radar


Live Updates: Latest Keep an eye on the Yankees Neal Huntington and Yankees GM Brian Cashman have a close relationship and it should come as no surprise that the Yankees and Pirates are linked too each other again. The Yankees, Pirates have discussed John Grabow and Matt Capps to some extent. The Yankees are also searching for a 4th outfielder. * The Pirates remain in heavy discussions with the Cubs about Grabow. Latest 12:15 p.m. – Grabow to Cubs heating up; Castro on Pirates radar?

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 »

Pirates rally in the 9th inning; beat Cards 6-4


Jack Wilson’s three run double with two outs in the ninth inning capped off a four run inning as the Pirates rallied to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 Monday evening. The Pirates got a strong pitching performance from starter Paul Maholm who pitched 6 2/3 innings allowing two runs and striking out one. Tied at 2-2 in the eighth inning, Ryan Ludwick hit a leadoff homer in the eighth inning off Tyler Yates, and David Freese added a sacrifice fly off John Grabow to give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead going into the top of the ninth. The Cardinals sent rookie closer Jason Motte to the mound in the ninth inning and new year, same problem for the Cardinals who led the majors with 31 blown saves in 2008. 2B Freddy Sanchez started the Pirates rally in the¬†ninth with a leadoff double off Motte, while Adam Laroche (single) andRead More »