Sanchez open to signing long-term with the Twins?; Giants still in the mix


Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez is in the midst of a 0-for-20 slump, just 4 days before the July 31st deadline. The $8.5 million option Sanchez is due for next season remains an obstacle in trade talks and to go along with the fact that Sanchez is not healthy (knee), there are now less suitors for the former batting champion, than there was a month ago. The one team expressing the most interest in Sanchez is the Minnesota Twins. Currently the Twins are reportedly in “deep discussions” with the Oakland A’s about shortstop Orlando Cabrera who is their #1 target at the trade deadline. What could make the Cabrera talks go south is if the Twins can’t land A’s reliever Michael Wuertz in the deal. It’s believed the Twins are unwilling to meet the A’s asking price for Cabrera, if the A’s don’t include Wuertz into the deal. DespiteRead More »

Trade Watch: Sanchez in 0-for-20 slump


Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez went 0-for-4 in Sunday’s 9-0 loss against the Arizona Diamondbacks to end the four-game stand hitless. Sanchez went 0-for-12, with seven strikeouts in the series as his batting average has dropped to .296 and below .300 for the first time since May. For the Pirates who are listening to offers for Sanchez, the 0-for-20 slump that Sanchez is in couldn’t be coming at a worst possible time. The Pirates remain “somewhat” engaged in trade talks with the Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants and Minnesota Twins about Sanchez. The Twins efforts are currently with Orlando Cabrera but as we mentioned last week, the Twins haven’t closed the door on acquiring Sanchez. The Twins scouted Sunday afternoon’s game. The Seattle Mariners interest has been off and on and they are looking to nab a Pirates starting pitcher in any deal for Sanchez. Has there been aRead More »

Pirates in holding pattern over Miguel Sano


Pirates, Twins, Orioles have made offers Major League Baseball has continued their age and indentity investigation regarding top Dominican prospect Miguel Sano, which has put the Pirates in a holding pattern in trying to sign Sano. If Sano is found to be lying about his age, he will receive an automatic one year suspension but the Pirates are confident that the situation will be resolved by the end of the week and they will be able to move forward in their pursuit of Sano. It remains to be seen whether Sano will receive offers in excess of the $4.25 million Dominican pitcher Michael Ynoa received from the Oakland Athletics last year. That is the largest bonus ever given to a foreign amateur free agent. Some scouts believe the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Sano is the best teenager from the Dominican Republic in more than a decade. A scout from a major-league clubRead More »

The Latest Pirates Buzz


The Pirates biggest free agent signing this off-season maybe Craig Counsel or David Eckstein. As first reported yesterday by Ken Rosenthal the Pirates are interested in Eckstien and have now turned their attention to Counsel and Eckstein after missing out on Mark Loretta. That will put seats in the building! Things are looking more likely that Jack Wilson will be the Pirates starting shortstop on opening day. There was a deal in place with the Detroit Tigers but the Tigers backed out and moved on to a cheaper alternative in Adam Everett . The Dodgers are definitely out of running despite what some local reports may say. They will not be acquir The Orioles and Indians have been on the outside. The Indians are a major longshot to get involved for Wilson. The Orioles in need of a shortstop are currently targeting shortstop Cesar Izturis according to ESPN analyst Steve Phillips.