January 2007 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Wilson Dishes Criticism
Jack Wilson dished out some criticism about second baseman Jose Castillo. Wilson reiterated comments he made during a televised interview Friday night, when Wilson said he would prefer to have Freddy Sanchez at second if Castillo doesn't improve his work ethic. "I love the guy, don't get me wrong," Wilson said yesterday afternoon. "But we need Jose Castillo to be the kind of player that he can be. He has a chance to be an elite player, and we need the right attitude from him. "There were a lot of mistakes made last year that were not physical; they were all mostly mental -- the lapses defensively, being lazy and stuff like that."
Armas And Pittsburgh Close To Deal?
Tony Armas, Jr. is the only free agent with whom the Pirates are known to be communicating at this stage, and there was some industry speculation yesterday that a deal might be at hand. But neither the team nor Armas' agent, Diego Bentz, could confirm that. Armas, 28, was 9-12 with a 5.03 ERA in 30 starts for the Washington Nationals last season and made $2.1 million.
Pirates Debut A Red Jersey
The Pittsburgh Pirates will have a red jersey for the 2007 season. "Red has been a part of our logo, off and on, for decades," said Tim Schuldt, the team's senior vice president for marketing, sales and broadcasting. "When we asked some of our season-ticket holders if they were comfortable with it, they embraced it."
Source: Pirates Involved In Weaver Talks
The Pirates are involved in discussions with right-handed starter Jeff Weaver, a source close to Weaver said last night. Agent Scott Boras did not return phone calls the past two days, but it has become known that the Pirates are one of a handful of teams pursuing Weaver, with the St. Louis Cardinals being another and, possibly, the New York Mets and Seattle Mariners in the mix, too. It is believed that Weaver's offers are in the range of two years for markedly less than th
Pirates And Sanchez Close To Two-Year Deal
The Pirates and National League batting champion Freddy Sanchez are close to agreement on a two-year contract. Two sources last night confirmed that, because the Pirates and their third baseman had reached a stalemate on negotiations for a one-year contract, the team has abandoned its long-standing refusal to make him a multiyear offer.
Pirates Sign Luis Matos And Nick Green
The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have signed outfielder Luis Matos and infielder Nick Green to minor league contracts, with an invitation to spring training. The 28 year old Matos split the 2006 season between Baltimore and Washington, while also playing two games with Fredrick (Orioles AA). Originally selected by the Orioles in the 10th round of the 1996 First-Year Player Draft, Matos made his major league debut with Baltimore in 2000. In 508 career games in the big leagues, he has combined to hit .255 (410-for-1605) with 20 home runs and 140 RBI. Green, 28, began the 2006 season with Tampa Bay. He also spent time with Triple-A Durham before being traded to New York (AL) in a deal for cash considerations on 5/25. He split the remainder of the season between Columbus (AAA) and the Yankees. Green batted .184 with two homers and four RBI in 63 combined games with Tampa and New York. Originally selected by Atlanta in the 32nd round of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft, the middle infielder made his major league debut with the Braves in 2004. In 269 career major league games, he has combined to hit .243 (169-for-696) with 10 home runs and 59 RBI.
'Mystery Team' Gets In On Ohka
The Pirates have escalated efforts to sign free-agent starter Tomo Ohka. They had been one of three finalists for Ohka's services entering the weekend -- the Washington Nationals and Toronto Blue Jays were the others -- but the field grew to four on Sunday with the addition of a mystery team.
Ohka Decision May Come Soon
Tomo Ohka might decide this weekend whether to pitch for Washington, Pittsburgh, or Toronto. Ohka, like any pitcher, would fare better in the National League, but Washington and Pittsburgh might struggle to give him run support while Toronto will score a lot.
Pirates Agree With Chacon On One-Year Deal
The Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday avoided arbitration with Shawn Chacon, agreeing to terms with the righthander on a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Nutting Takes Control Of Pirates
Robert Nutting was given approval Thursday by baseball owners to take control of the Pittsburgh Pirates from Kevin McClatchy, who will remain the team's chief executive officer.
Pirates Acquire LaRoche For Gonzalez
The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired first baseman Adam LaRoche from the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday for lefty reliever Mike Gonzalez.
Mauer, Sanchez, Cabrera, Morneau Head Arbitration Filings
Batting champions Joe Mauer and Freddy Sanchez were among 106 players who filed for salary arbitration.