December 2005 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Randa Close To Deal With Pirates
Joe Randa, the third baseman on the only Pirates team in 13 years to contend for a division title, is returning to Pittsburgh. The Pirates, who lost out on signing free agent Bill Mueller, were close to agreement Thursday on a $4 million, one-year contract with Randa. The team held off announcing the signing until it reviewed results of a physical Randa took Wednesday. Randa was a key member of the 1997 Pirates team that, despite having a $9 million opening-day payroll that was less than what Albert Belle of the Chicago White Sox made by himself, led the NL Central at the All-Star break and contended until the final week of the season. That team, widely predicted to lose 100 games before the season started, finished five games behind division-winning Houston with a 79-83 record. The Pirates then left Randa unprotected in the expansion draft, and he was chosen by Arizona before being dealt to Detroit. Randa, a career .285 hitter, has since played for the Tigers, Royals, Reds and Padres, spending six seasons in Kansas City from 1999 through 2004.
Pirates Sign Jody Gerut To One-Year Deal
Outfielder Jody Gerut signed an $875,000, one-year contract Tuesday with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Jody Gerut He made $356,200 last season for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and Pirates. He was dealt by Chicago to Pittsburgh for outfielder Matt Lawton on July 31, but a knee injury limited Gerut to 18 at-bats with the Pirates. Gerut, expected to compete for the right field job, could make an additional $75,000 in bonuses based on plate appearances. He batted .253 with one homer and 14 RBI in 170 at-bats overall. He hit .279 with 22 homers and 75 RBI in 127 games with Cleveland as a rookie in 2003. He had been eligible for salary arbitration.
Mueller Close To Decision, Pirates, Dodgers And Giants In Running
Free-agent third baseman Bill Mueller is expected to choose his new employer today, and the Pirates are thought to still be the front-runner, as has been the case since they upgraded their contract offer Friday from two to three years. But that does not necessarily mean he will pick Pittsburgh. A source close to the negotiations yesterday said Mueller would decide "within 24 hours" where he will play next season and strongly suggested a desire to play on the West Coast still could have an influence. The Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants also have made offers and have reiterated their interest in the early part of this week. Although the Mueller family maintains its offseason home in Missouri, Mueller spent parts of six seasons with the Giants, and his wife, Amy, is from San Francisco. Mueller also has longtime ties to Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti, a former assistant GM with the Giants. "But the Pirates are very much in this," the source said.
Redman Headed to Kansas City
DALLAS -- The Pittsburgh Pirates unloaded their second left-handed starter in less than 24 hours Wednesday morning by sending veteran southpaw Mark Redman to the Kansas City Royals for right-hander Jonah Bayliss and a player to be named later. Bayliss, 25, was 0-0 with a 4.63 ERA in 11 relief appearances as a rookie with the Royals last season. He is expected to compete for one of the right-handed spots in the bullpen which were vacated with the free agent losses of Brian Meadows, Rick White and Jose Mesa. Redman, whom the Pirates acquired from the Oakland A's as part of the Jason Kendall deal on Nov. 27, 2004, was 5-15 with a 4.90 ERA in 30 starts with the Bucs last season. Redman began the year strong, posting a 2.80 ERA in his first 14 starts, before dropping 11 of his final 12 decisions.
Casey Heading To Pittsburgh
The Cincinnati Reds made a move to improve their pitching, but it cost them one of their most popular players to do it. ESPN 1000 Radio in Chicago is reporting that the Reds have dealt first baseman Sean Casey, who led the team with a .312 batting average this past season, to the Pittsburgh Pirates for lefthander Dave Williams. The trade will not be announced until both players pass a physical. The 31-year-old Casey, who owns a career .305 average, has played all but six games of his major league career with Cincinnati, joining the team before the 1998 season in a trade with the Cleveland Indians for righthander Dave Burba. This will be a homecoming of sorts for the lefthanded hitter. Casey graduated from Upper St. Clair High School in 1992, not far from Pittsburgh, and led his team to the Pennsylvania State Championship as a senior.