December 2008 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Pirates Inch Closer To Free Agent Turnbow
The Pirates are reportedly one of three finalists for free-agent reliever Derrick Turnbow. A source described the Pirates as "very much still in the mix" but didn't reveal if an offer had been made. Turnbow has been linked to the Giants, Marlins, Phillies, Tigers, Rangers, and Rays.
Pirates Buy Up Doumit's Arbitration Years
The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached an agreement on a three-year deal with catcher Ryan Doumit that will take him through his salary arbitration years, a baseball source told ESPN.com. It is believed the deal could be worth a total value of $20 million over four years or $30 million over five years. The Pirates are expected to announce the deal Monday after Doumit completes a physical exam.
Pirates Could Move Alvarez Up Ladder Quickly
If the Pirates are happy with what they see in Pedro Alvarez this coming spring, he could make his way to Pittsburgh much faster than originally planned. "If Pedro's ready to go, we're going to be aggressive with him," director of player development Kyle Stark said. "It depends on what we see from him, how he adjusts to the game, what kind of shape he's in, a lot of factors. But I can tell you we're not going to rush him just to make up for lost time." The team has been very impressed with his offensive and defensive abilities at third base. "As advertised," Stark said. "He projects to be a middle-of-the-order bat, and that's exactly what he looked like."
Wilson: Pirates Need More Players To Compete
Shortstop Jack Wilson now wants to play for the Pirates in 2009, but believes that the team needs more talent to contend. "The only thing I wish we could do was compete," Wilson said. "I wish we could go out and get some more players to make our team competitive. And, you know, now that this whole trade thing has probably blown over, that's going to be my new focus on the Internet: Instead of looking for my name and where I might go, hopefully, we might get some players. Because we need them."
Doumit Close To Extension With Pirates
The Pirates are on the verge of signing catcher Ryan Doumit to a multi-year extension, and it could happen within the week, according to a source directly involved in the negotiations. But negotiations with center fielder Nate McLouth, have gone much differently, with agent Mike Nicotera last night confirming that the chance of achieving a multiyear extension is "close to dead." RealGM Note: Doumit was ranked 183rd in season FIC and 'deserved' to make $5 million in 2008, giving him a Reina Value of +1,114%. Joe Mauer, Brian McCann and Russell Martin were the only catchers to have better offensive seasons. McLouth was ranked 19th and 'deserved' to make $15.5 million, giving him a Reina Value of +3,547%. Both players made our list of players who improved the most from 2007 to 2008.
Pirates' Options For Wilson Trade Dwindle
The Pirates are still looking to trade shortstop Jack Wilson, but their options are dwindling as the offseason progresses. Pittsburgh anticipated that if Los Angeles lost free-agent Rafael Furcal to Atlanta that would lead to rekindled interest in Wilson after about two weeks without talks between those teams, but no contact was known to have been made in either direction.
Pirates And Phillies Swap Catchers
The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired catcher Jason Jaramillo from Philadelphia in exchange for catcher Ronny Paulino. Jaramillo hit .266 (112-for-421) with 20 doubles, eight home runs, 39 RBI and 48 runs scored in 115 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley in 2008. Jaramillo, who entered the season tabbed by Baseball America as Philadelphia?s 10th-best prospect, also took home International League mid-season All-Star honors in 2008 while leading all catchers with 113 games played.
McLouth, Doumit, Maholm Offered Extensions
The Pirates have initiated talks with three players -- center fielder Nate McLouth, catcher Ryan Doumit, and pitcher Paul Maholm -- regarding long-term contract extensions. Multiple sources confirmed the talks, which, although in the earliest stages, could result in all three being extended through all three of their salary-arbitration years or beyond by cutting into free-agency time.
Pirates Seriously Interested In Pedro?
Pedro Martinez is one of the biggest names on the free agent market, and the Pirates appear interested in the veteran pitcher. Martinez, 37, has made it clear that he wants to pitch next season. Pittsburgh has not made an offer, but it does not sound as if they have ruled it out, either.
Pirates Pursue Free-Agent Veteran Loretta
Pirates' GM Neal Huntington has had two conversations aimed at acquiring free-agent infielder Mark Loretta, agent Bob Garber confirmed Monday. Loretta, 37, batted .280 with four home runs and 38 RBIs in 261 at-bats last season for Houston. ESPN has also reported that the Phillies, Diamondbacks, and Dodgers also are interested.