December 2006 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Pirates Remain Interested In LaRoche
Adam LaRoche remains a player the Pirates are interested in acquiring via trade, but they continue to have no answer for the Braves' wish for a leadoff-hitting type in addition to closer Mike Gonzalez. The Pirates' only player in that mold is center fielder Chris Duffy, but they believe they have no replacement if he is dealt.
Bonilla Hoping To Enter HOF On First Ballot
During a career that spanned 16 seasons, Bobby Bonilla was one of the most feared switch-hitters in the game. And, as evidenced by the fact that he appeared in the postseason with five different teams from 1990 to 2000, Bonilla was a winner. Now, five years after his retirement, Bonilla is hoping to be immortalized in the hallowed halls of Cooperstown.
Grass-Roots HOF Campaign Under Way For Blyleven
Bert Blyleven has a long list of accomplishments from his 22-year career in the Majors. But there is still one honor that is noticeably missing from his resume. Blyleven is in his 10th year on the Hall of Fame ballot. His highest vote total was 53.3 percent in 2006. A candidate must get 75 percent of the vote to gain election. Results of the 2007 Hall of Fame election, voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America, will be announced on Jan. 9, and the induction ceremony will take place on July 29 in Cooperstown.
Pirates Sign Journeyman Catcher Diaz
Journeyman Einar Diaz signed a minor league contract Wednesday with the Pirates, who need a backup to starting catcher Ronny Paulino.
Padres Re-Sign Brocail
The Padres finalized a $500,000, one-year deal with reliever Doug Brocail on Wednesday and claimed minor league second baseman Craig Stansberry off waivers from the Pirates.
Pirates Definitely In On Suppan
The Pirates are one of three teams making the most serious bid for his services, according to agent Scott Leventhal, along with the Milwaukee Brewers and another that was undisclosed. The third team likely is the New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners or Texas Rangers. "The Pirates are still very interested in Suppan," he said. "And the feelings are mutual."
Pirates Sign Japanese Pitcher
The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Masumi Kuwata on a minor league contract, with an invitation to major league spring training. No other terms of the deal were disclosed. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President and General Manager, Dave Littlefield. Kuwata, 38, is a 20-year veteran of the Japanese Central League, having played with the Yomiuri Giants since 1986. In that time, he has recorded 173 wins in 442 career games. His win total is tied for 37th on the all-time list while his 2761.2 innings pitched ranks 35th. He also threw 118 complete games, including 21 shutouts. ?With our international scouting efforts increasing over the last several years, we are very pleased to come to terms with Kuwata,? said Littlefield. ?He has had a great career in Japan and we?re looking forward to seeing him in a Pirates uniform in spring training.?
Yankees Still Considering Melky Trade
Internal debats continue in the Yankee organization whether they should trade outfielder Melky Cabrera for Pittsburgh closer Mike Gonzalez. On Monday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman met with Joe Torre and the club's coaches.
Pirates Complete Deal With Cuban RHP Herrera
Cuban right-hander Yoslan Herrera agreed to a $1.92 million, three-year contract with the Pirates on Monday, more than six weeks after negotiations began. The Pirates waited for Herrera to obtain a visa and to pass a physical before concluding the deal, which includes numerous performance bonus.
Melky To The Braves?
In an effort to upgrade their bullpen, the Yankees have discussed a three-way trade with Pittsburgh and Atlanta, the basics of which would send Melky Cabrera to the Braves, bring Pirates closer Mike Gonzalez to the Bronx and give Atlanta first baseman Adam LaRoche to the Pirates. A person familiar with the situation confirmed the talks. However, Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield is in a position of strength; he doesn't have to trade the lefthanded Gonzalez, who converted 24 of 24 save opportunities in 2006. Gonzalez, 28, is eligible for arbitration, but the Pirates can afford to keep him. A slew of other clubs, including the Red Sox, have interest in Gonzalez; Boston probably would deploy him as a closer.