Perrotto: Latest Pirates trade talk on search for a bat, coveting Royals lefty reliever Jose Mijares as deadline approaches


By John Perrotto The Pirates’ chances of pulling off another major deal before the 4 p.m. Tuesday deadline for making trades without securing on waivers is “less than 50-50,” according to a club source, who added “the asking prices are still high, even this close to the deadline.” The Pirates made a move to bolster their starting rotation when they acquired left-hander Wandy Rodriguez from Houston in a trade for three minor-league pitchers Colton Cain and Rudy Owens and outfielder Robbie Grossman. The Pirates continue to target Cleveland right fielder Shin Soo Choo and Philadelphia right fielder Hunter Pence in potential trades. However, both the Indians and Phillies are insisting on the Pirates including rookie outfielder Starling Marte in any trade. The Pirates, though, would prefer not to part with Marte. Choo, 29, is hitting .291 with 12 home runs, 39 RBIs and11 stolen bases in 96 games this season.Read More »

Perrotto: Callup of Starling Marte won’t halt Pirates plans to add an impact bat


By John Perrotto Pirates fans have been clamoring for Starling Marte for weeks. They will get him tonight when the Pirates open a four-game series against the Astros in Houston that also starts a 10-game road trip. The Pirates recalled the 24-year-old outfielder from Class AAA Indianapolis on Wednesday night and he is expected to make his major-league debut tonight. However, the callup of Marte does not signal that the Pirates have given up on acquiring an outfielder in a trade before next Tuesday’s deadline for making deals without securing waivers on players. In fact, there is some thought that the Pirates have called up Marte in order to showcase him in a potential trade for either Cleveland’s Shin Soo Choo or Philadelphia’s Hunter Pence. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has made it clear that he would prefer to trade for players who remain under club control beyond this season.Read More »

Pirates Rumors: Willingham, Kouzmanoff, Doumit, Walker, Maholm


  Latest Pirates Buzz *Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune-Review reports that contract talks for Neil Walker have cooled. A source told Biertempfel that the two sides currently are not engaged in discussions about a multi-year deal for Walker, but Biertempfel reports that the sides are likely to engage in talks again before spring training. The Pirates are said to be looking to make some noise before spring training in locking up at least one member of their young core. The team was “deep in talks with Walker” in late August, when outfielder Jose Tabata signed a six-year, $14.75 million contract. However, the team was trying to ink Walker to a bargain deal similar to Tabata. Something Walker and his agent Alan Hendricks is not going to go for. One industry source in the summer indicated that the Pirates were floating around numbers in the 5 year – $18 million range.Read More »