February 2009 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Pedro Hoping WBC Appearance Brings Offers
Pedro Martinez is hoping that his play for the Dominican Republic at the World Baseball Classic will lead to a few formal contract offers. The Dodgers, Pirates and Indians have reportedly showed interest, but no offers have been made.
Dodgers, Indians And Pirates In On Pedro
Pedro Marintez threw a simulated game on Tuesday in the Dominican Republic and is on track to start for the country's World Baseball Classic squad in the team's first exhibition game on March 3, according to the Dominican newspaper Hoy. According to the report, Martinez's velocity ranged from 88-92 mph in the 43-pitch outing at Baseball City, a sports complex near Boca Chica. "Pedro was working really well, he threw the ball like normal and he showed good physical condition," Dominican team staff member Rafael Mateo told the paper. The Dodgers, Indians and Pirates have expressed interest in Ramirez.
Pirates Skipper To Be Back In 2010
Pittsburgh has picked up manager John Russell's contract option for 2010 despite going 67-95 in his first season. "J.R. met or exceeded expectations in his first year as the Pirates manager," general manager Neal Huntington said Saturday. "His club worked hard to play the game properly and battled from the first out until the last. His leadership, knowledge, attention to detail, ability to see the big picture and passion for things being done the right way made him the ideal choice as our manager a year ago."
McLouth, Pirates Agree To 3-Year Deal
Outfielder Nate McLouth reached an agreement with the Pirates on Tuesday on a $15.75M, three-year deal that includes a team option for 2012, according to an Associated Press report.
Ohman Has Offers From Bucs, Marlins, Padres
Will Ohman, one of the top relievers left on the free agent market, has offers from the Pirates, Marlins and Padres on the table. His agent said on Monday that Ohman plans to continue talking with the three teams before making a final decision. "When Will gets an offer he's comfortable with, he's going to sign," agent Page Odle said. "Right now we continue to have dialogue with several teams on a pretty regular basis. There's no timetable."
McLouth, Pirates Still Far Apart
The Pirates and outfielder Nate McLouth aren't even close to agreeing on a multi-year contract extension. "Unfortunately, there are times when the differences just seem large enough that it's not going to get done without a hearing," general manager Neal Huntington said Thursday night. "I think both sides recognize that it's in our best interests to do something without a hearing. But if we need to go there, they've stated they're ready to go and, obviously, we are ready to go, too, if we have to." McLouth's camp asked for $3.8 million in a deal, but Pittsburgh only offered $2.75 million. The Pirates have not gone to an arbitration hearing since 2004.