MLB: Yankees land Sabathia


Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports reports, Free-agent left-hander CC Sabathia has reached agreement with the Yankees on a seven-year contract worth approximately $160 million, according to a major-league source.The contract is the largest ever awarded to a starting pitcher and the fourth-largest in major-league history, behind Alex Rodriguez’s two free-agent contracts and Manny Ramirez’s original deal with the Red Sox. Sabathia, 28, agreed to the deal late Tuesday night after Yankees general manager Brian Cashman flew to San Francisco to meet with him, his agents, and his wife, Amber.

Braves among teams interested in Nate McLouth


According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Atlanta Braves are interested in Pirates centerfielder Nate McLouth. Sources told me a few days ago that the Yankees have also checked in with the Pirates about Nate McLouth. A third team has also shown interest. It should not come as any surprise that the Braves are showing interest in pitcher Ian Snell. The Braves have been linked to Snell since the end of the season. John Perrotto of the Beaver County Times reports the Braves have also inquired about Paul Maholm. Pittsburgh is very high on Braves second baseman Kelly Johnson but it would take lot more than Johnson for the Pirates to move McLouth. The Pirates have recently held talks with the Marlins, Cardinals, Braves, Twins, and Yankees about possible trades.

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.

Source: Unlikely that Dodgers trade for Wilson; Cano for Kemp?


A few quick hits Tigers remain the most interested team in Jack Wilson, just like they’ve been the past couple weeks. Tigers offering Luis Mirtle and an intriquing prospect that has some upside My sources indicate the Dodgers will not be getting Jack Wilson. One source told me the Pirates have been making it sound like the Dodgers are very interested while the Dodgers continue to indicate that it is unlikely that they will trade for Wilson. The Dodgers are the team the Pirates would like to trade with but that interest is not mutual. One source even characterized the Dodgers interest as minimal to this point. ¬†Right now the Dodgers seem focused on adding another infield bat via trade (possibly Robinson Cano according to Ken Rosenthal) and just go inhouse at shortstop. Matt Kemp could be going the other way according to Rosenthal. If the Dodgers can acquire CanoRead More »

PIT/DET Trade Talks: Tigers moving on to Everet?


The Newark Star-Ledger reports that the Pirates have traded shortstop Jack Wilson to the Detroit Tigers but at this moment the Pirates have yet to confirm the deal. The Tigers have been showing the most interest in Wilson for some time. The Dodgers, Orioles have had discussions with the Pirates about Wilson and a mystery team believed to be the Cleveland Indians have made an inquiry Wilson is set to earn $7.25MM in ’09 and has an $8.4MM club option for ’10 with a $600K buyout. Updated: 1:35 p.m. Both teams are denying the report but talks are on-going. 4:35 p.m. The AP Reports, “After talking with Pittsburgh, the Tigers are now looking at Adam Everett, the person familiar with the Tigers’ talks said. Everett has played only 114 games the last two seasons with Houston and Minnesota. He hit .213 in 48 games with the Twins last season, missingRead More »

Down Market: Pirates should pursue Adam Dunn


A down economy has made it to Major League Baseball. Many teams are likely to cut back this off-season and there is even speculation that the Yankees payroll will be lower than what it was last year. When the market is down, there are bargains out there. One player the Pirates should take a strong look at is Adam Dunn. According to Jerry Crasnick, Dunn’s price might be dropping in a down market. Two NL officials told Crasnick that ‚Äúthey wondered whether Dunn would command even a Jose Guillen-caliber, three-year, $36 million deal from a team other than a small market team like the Washington Nationals‚Äù Dunn strikes out a lot but so what. Dunn 29, has 5 straight 40 home run seasons and he’s a sure bet for 40 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .380 on-base percentage every season. What is also intriguing about Dunn is it won’tRead More »

The Latest Pirates Buzz


Wilson to be dealt at the GM Meetings? The Tigers, Dodgers and four others teams have made inquires about Pirates short stop Jack Wilson. One source believes Wilson will be dealt at the GM meetings (Dec 8th – Dec11th) but I’m kind of skeptical despite the Pirates aggressively shopping Wilson. Pittsburgh needs a MLB ready shortstop coming the other way and the Pirates are still looking for a 3-1 swap which has turned some teams away. The Tigers, Blue Jays and Dodgers have shown the most interest. Talks with those teams and others will heat up in the next couple weeks.

MLB: Dodgers balk at Pirates asking price


The Pirates asking price continues to be very high for Jack Wilson and the Dodgers, a team that has shown interest in Wilson since the trade deadline continue to balk at the Pirates demands according to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal. Rosenthal reports the Pirates asking price is young shortstop Chin-Lung Hu and two other prospects. These are the same demands the Pirates had at the trade deadline in talks with the Dodgers. If the Pirates demands don‚Äôt come down, Wilson will be in a Pirates uniform¬†when spring training¬†begins.¬†Wilson is set to earn $7.25MM in ’09 and has a $8.4MM option for ’10 with a $600K buyout. For a look at teams interested in Jack Wilson, check out “The Pirates Rumor Chart”

Tuesday’s MLB Rumor Mill


Agent: Nine teams interested in Ken Griffey Ken Griffey JR went from went from 30 home runs in 2007 to 18 in 2008 but that hasn’t stopped many teams around the league showing interest in one of the all time greats. – Cincinnati Enquirer. Seattle and Tampa Bay have been mentioned as potential landing spots. Angels in hot pursuit of C.C. Sabathia The Angels, unwilling to meet Mark Teixeira’s desire for a 10-year contract, are in discussions with CC Sabathia and could offer him a contract that approaches the $140-million bid extended to him by the New York Yankees. The Angels appear reluctant to guarantee more than seven years in a contract for Teixeira, said a source familiar with the club’s thinking.- LA Times TIOPS Take: The Yankees, Giants, Brewers and Dodgers are all in the mix. The best case scenario for the baseball is for Sabathia to sign withRead More »

Pirates sign Patel & Singh


The Pirates have signed Indian pitchers Dinesh Patel and Rinku Singh according to Yahoo Japan. The two signed minor league contracts and will participate in the Pirates‚Äô minor league camp next year according to the report. The two pitchers were spotted by MLB scouts through a contest Scouting Report courtesy of EastWindupChronicle “Singh, a 6-2, 195-pound left-hander, throws 89-90 mph with a split-fingered changeup. He continually tinkers with different breaking balls. Patel, a 5-11, 185-pound right-hander, throws 91-92 mph with a circle changeup. Patel says he‚Äôs the conservative one of the two, leaving the experimenting to Singh.”