Pirates would like prospect Jose Tabata to begin next season in Class AAA


One of the more interesting storylines for the Pirates going into the 2010 season will be whether top hitting prospect Jose Tabata claims a roster spot coming out of spring training. Tabata, 20, was promoted up to Class AAA Indianapolis last week after batting .303 in 61 games for the Altoona Curve (AA) and is on the verge of being MLB ready. Tabata has been on a tear since early July and has continued his strong play in AAA, batting .385 in three games with Indianapolis. With the minor league season ending in early September, it has been speculated that Tabata would be a potential September call-up. Indications are that won’t be the case and infact, Tabata will not have a strong chance of making the club out of spring training. It is expected that Tabata will spend the first couple months of the 2010 season in the minors, soRead More »

Spring Training Report: Pirates avoid arbitration with McLouth


Updated: 8:02 a.m. The Pirates have signed outfielder Nate McLouth to a three year contract, avoiding arbitration. Last season, McLouth hit .276 with 26 home runs and 94 RBI. The Pirates have made an offer to lefty reliever Will Ohman according to Jerry Crasnik of ESPN. Crasnik writes “Ohman, 31, one of the top relievers left on baseball’s free agent market, has major league offers in hand from the Pittsburgh Pirates, Florida Marlins and San Diego Padres but plans to continue discussions with three contending teams before making a decision on his destination for 2009, his agent said Monday.” The Pirates offer is believed to be in the $1.1 million range. The Pirates also remain interested in starting pitcher Pedro Martinez. The Pirates are expected to keep a close eye on Martinez during the WBC and may make an official offer after the Classic is over. The Mets have shutRead More »