Pirates have checked in on the availability of Hunter Pence


LATEST PIRATES TRADE CHATTER Outfielder Hunter Pence is a player Pirates GM Neal Huntington has tried to acquired for a few years now and would like the chance again. Jon Heyman of CBSSports reports the Pirates have interest in Pence but at this point Pence is not available, per Heyman. The defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants have had an up and down season but are just 5 1/2 games out of the NL West division lead. As long as they remain in contention, Pence is unlikely to be moved. Pence, 30, is hitting .265 with 14 home runs and 49 RBIs this season. The Pirates were involved in trade talks for Pence last year when he was a member of the Philadelphia Phillies, but the Pirates smartly balked at giving up Starling Marte.

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 »

Doumit: I understand


Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit got benched because he pouted and whined about being a good player on a bad team, a team that’s rebuilding for a day by which time he’ll be long gone. I know – you’ve got to be a pro. I know – he’s making $2.35 million. I know – you can’t tank plays under any circumstances. I know – he’s having a crap year, so who’s he to complain? But really…do you blame Doumit? I don’t. We all want to win. More accurately, we all want a chance to win. Can you blame a guy who vents because he’s been in the majors since 2005, has NEVER had a legitimate chance to compete, and every time his team seems on the verge of having a decent roster, all the good players get scattered to the winds EXCEPT HIM? He’s like one of those POWs Rambo foundRead More »