The Latest Pirates Buzz: Pirates covet Rockies prospect Eric Young Jr


Figure on the Pirates being in the center of many trade rumors between now and the end of August. General manager Neal Huntington has already pulled the trigger on two big trades this season, sending Nate McLouth to Atlanta for right-hander Charlie Morton and two minor-leaguers then dealing left fielder Nyjer Morgan and left-handed reliever Sean Burnett to Washington for right-handed reliever Joel Hanrahan and outfield prospect Lastings Milledge. Huntington has made it clear to other GMs around the major leagues that he is not done dealing and is willing to listen on any and all of his players as he continues trying to rebuild a franchise that has gone through 16 straight losing seasons. The Colorado Rockies, making a big push for the National League wild card, is interested in trading for Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez. The Pirates love Class AAA Colorado Springs second baseman

Pirates, Marlins in trade talks


Marlins eyeing Matt Capps Pittsburgh Pirates closer Matt Capps converted his 13th straight save opportunity on Tuesday and he’s a player teams are giving a strong look as the trade deadline is less than 25 days away. The Florida Marlins are making a play for Capps after failing to land Baltimore closer George Sherrill in trade talks. The Pirates would like a right-handed hitter with power to balance a lineup that leans to the left and the Marlins would be willing to trade first baseman Gaby Sanchez, who is hitting .289 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs in 49 games at Class AAA New Orleans after missing a month because of a sprained knee. The Pirates, though, want more than just Sanchez, who is becoming a little old for a prospect as he turns 26 on Sept. 2, in return for Capps. Another team expressing interest in Capps is

Sanchez goes 6-for-6; Pirates beat Cubs 10-8


By Paul Ladewski CHICAGO – Their kind of town, Chicago isn’t. But if ever there was a time for the Pirates for warm up to the Windy City, then the series opener against the Cubs on Monday night appeared to be it. The Cubs returned from a winless road trip in which they scored a total of five runs in six games. And they were without first baseman Derrek Lee (flu), pitcher Carlos Marmol (maternity leave), third baseman Aramis Ramirez (dislocated shoulder) and infielder Bobby Scales (flu) because of various health reasons. So even though the Pirates didn’t display their A game in a wacky 10-8 victory at Wrigley Field, they weren’t about to throw it back into Lake Michigan, either. It was only their fifth win against the Cubs in their last 22 games. Freddy Sanchez led an 18-hit assault with four singles, one double and one home runRead 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 »

Spring Training Report


Pirates catchers and pitchers have already arrived to Bradenton and a number of position players have arrived early including 2008 1st round draft Pedro Alvarez. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus released his top 100 minor league prospects with Pedro Alvarez coming in as Goldstein‚Äôs #4 prospect. Orioles catcher Matt Wieters is rated as the top minor league prospect in the majors. Two other Pirates prospects received some recognition. Centerfielder Andrew McCutchen came in at #25 and outfielder Jose Tabata #91. Alvarez who showed up to minicamp 20 lbs over his normal playing weight (235) is in good shape as the official start of training camp begins on Tuesday. Alvarez has been running the base pads well and his bat speed is impressive for a power hitter.¬†The Pirates seem very excited to see how Alvarez performs in Spring Training games which begin on February 25th. It is very early but theRead More »