July 2007 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Morris Traded To Pittsburgh
The San Francisco Giants have acquired 26-year-old center fielder Rajai Davis and a player to be named later from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for right-handed pitcher Matt Morris, club Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean announced today. Davis, 5-11 and 195 pounds, is hitting .271 (13-for-48) with two doubles, two RBI and five stolen bases in 24 games for the Pirates. The right-handed hitting speedster was recalled from triple-A Indianapolis June 5, and made 12 starts in center field for Pittsburgh. The University of Connecticut at Avery Point product posted a .409 average (9-for-22) with two runs, two doubles and two stolen bases in his final 13 contests in a Pirates uniform.
Cubs Trade Izturis To Pittsburgh
The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have acquired infielder Cesar Izturis and cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for a player to be named. The announcement was made by Dave Littlefield, the Pirates' Senior Vice President and General Manager. No other terms of the deal were announced. Izturis, 27, hit .246 (47-for-191) with 11 doubles and eight RBI in 65 games with the Cubs this season while making 60 appearances (48 starts) at shortstop. He was acquired by Chicago from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for pitcher Greg Maddux on July 31, 2006.
Pirates Sign 4th Overall Pick To Contract
The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Daniel Moskos, the club?s first-round selection (fourth overall) in the 2007 June draft. No other terms of the deal were disclosed. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President and General Manager Dave Littlefield. Moskos, 21, had a 3.29 ERA (79.1ip/29er) in 27 games (10 starts) with a team-best 78 strikeouts as a junior with Clemson University this year. He was named to the Roger Clemens Award Watch List (College Baseball?s Pitcher-of-the-Year) and was a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award, which is presented by USA Baseball to the top player in college baseball. ?We?re very pleased to come to terms with Daniel,? Littlefield said. ?He is a very competitive pitcher with an outstanding arm and aggressive approach. He has been successful at the highest level in college baseball, the Cape Cod League, and internationally. We look forward to him continuing that success as a member of the Pirates organization.?
McClatchy To Step Down As Pirates' CEO
Kevin McClatchy will step down as the Pirates' chief executive officer after the current baseball season, the team announced today, and the search for his replacement will begin immediately. McClatchy, 44, was the front man of the group that bought the Pirates in 1996 and remained the principal owner until January of this year, when chairman of the board Bob Nutting supplanted him. After that, McClatchy's lone title was that of CEO. He also has served on several boards for Major League Baseball, including its executive council, international committee and labor committee. McClatchy and Nutting made the announcement to team employees this morning at PNC Park.
Chacon Seeking Contract Extension
Reliever Shawn Chacon, the only significant player on the Pirates' roster who can become a free agent this winter, has approached management to initiate talks toward a contract extension. "My focus is on this team, and I'd love to be a part of it," Chacon said. "If we can get something done, that would be great." Danny Horwits, Chacon's agent, confirmed that he made his client's willingness to stay known to Pirates general manager Dave Littlefield two weeks ago, but there have been no formal talks yet.
LaRoche: Lay Off Bay
Adam LaRoche was asked, after his big day in the Pirates' 5-3 victory against Milwaukee, how it felt to get cheered by the crowd of 35,878 after nearly half a season of being booed. And he responded by calling upon the team's fans to lay off struggling left fielder Jason Bay. "It's nice. It's really nice after, obviously, getting booed a lot," LaRoche said of the crowd's standing ovation for his two-run home run in the sixth inning that broke a 3-3 tie. "But now ... it's unbelievable, but I'm hearing boos for Jason Bay." He paused and shook his head. "I can understand booing me. I was the new guy here, there were some expectations, and I sucked. But, I mean ... you're talking about Jason Bay, one of the most consistent hitters in the big leagues. That's pretty weak to boo him. If you're loving that player when he's going well, you've got to stick with him when he's not."
Torres Files Grievance, Feels Tricked By GM
Reliever Salomon Torres, angry with the Pirates about what he feels was a broken promise in negotiating his most recent contract, has filed a grievance against the team and asked general manager Dave Littlefield to trade him. "I've given everything I have to the team, to the city of Pittsburgh, and I would like nothing more than to be part of a championship there," Torres said by phone from Bradenton, Fla., where he is rehabilitating his right elbow. "But I've had enough. They tricked me into signing that contract, and what they are doing to me now is retaliation because I complained about it." The "retaliation" to which Torres referred, as he explained, was what he feels is a slow schedule the team has mapped out for his current rehabilitation.
Pirates Fan Discontent Protest Fizzles
Despite a much-publicized effort to display fan discontent during the Pirates' 15th consecutive losing season, only a few thousand fans at most in the crowd of 26,959 left their seats in protest following the third inning of Saturday night's game against Washington. Only about 100 fans were seen leaving the ballpark immediately following the third, and it appeared that many of the fans who vacated their seats returned not long after leaving.