June 2009 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap
Nationals, Pirates Swap Milledge, Morgan
The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced they have acquired outfielder Lastings Milledge and right-handed pitcher Joel Hanrahan in exchange for outfielder Nyjer Morgan and left-handed pitcher Sean Burnett. The announcement was made by Pirates Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington. Milledge, 24, began the season with Washington and spent a majority of the 2009 campaign with Triple-A Syracuse. He was on a rehab assignment with the Gulf Coast League Nationals at the time of the trade due to a broken finger on his right hand suffered on May 11 while playing with Syracuse. "In both Hanrahan and Milledge we have acquired players with the upside to be solid to above average major league players," said Huntington. "Hanrahan had a strong season in his first year as a relief pitcher in 2008 and has the arsenal to pitch in late game situations in a quality Major League bullpen. Milledge was one of the premier prospects in baseball. He is still young enough and has the tools to develop into an above average Major League player. We have the confidence in our staff to help each of these players reach their high ceilings."
Yankees Acquire Eric Hinske
The New York Yankees today acquired infielder/outfielder Eric Hinske from the Pittsburgh Pirates along with cash considerations in exchange for minor leaguer right-handed pitcher Casey Erickson and minor league outfielder Eric Fryer. Hinske, 31, appeared in 54 games with the Pirates this season, batting .255 (27-for-106) with 18 runs, 9 doubles, 1 home run and 11RBI. He has played 13 games in right field, six games at first base and three games at third base, and has made 29 pinch-hit appearances, going 8-for-24 (.333) with 5 walks. Hinske was the Opening Day right fielder for the 2008 American League champion Tampa Bay Rays, batting .247 (94-for-381) with 21 doubles, 20 home runs and 60 RBI, making 47 starts in right field, 37 in left field, nine at first base and four at third base. He was also a member of the World Series champion Boston Red Sox in 2007.
Snell Fans 13 Straight In Triple-A
Ian Snell struck out 13 straight batters on Sunday in a start for the Indianapolis Indians. He had a total of 17 strikeouts, a Minor League season-high over seven innings. Snell was assigned to Triple-A Indianapolis after struggling with the Pirates. "I haven't felt like that all year. It's just amazing," Snell said. "These guys are great and these guys are a bunch of goofballs. It makes you want to be here and pitch well here." He was 2-8 with a 5.36 ERA in Pittsburgh this season.
Nationals Trying To Get Nyjer Morgan
The Nationals are trying to acquire outfielder Nyjer Morgan from the Pirates, according to a baseball source. Washington sees him as a center fielder that can hit in the lead off spot.
Pirates Sign Second Round Pick Pounder
The Pittsburgh Pirates today agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Brooks Pounders, who was selected by the club in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft. Pounders, 18, went 9-2 with a 1.96 ERA (64.1ip/18er) and 91 strikeouts this past season for Temecula (CA) High School. The 6'5", 235-pounder also threw four complete games, including one shutout. At the plate, he hit .421 with seven doubles, seven home runs and 25 RBI. "We are happy to add Brooks Pounders to our player development system," said Senior Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington. "During his high school career, he showed an above average fastball, breaking ball and change up. We feel he has the mental and physical aptitude to refine his pitch arsenal to match his ability to pitch and develop into a quality major league starting pitcher." The son of former San Diego Padres minor leaguer and UC-Riverside All-American Brad Pounders, Brooks was a four-year starter for the Golden Bears. As a junior he batted .333 with 10 home runs and 39 RBI while going 7-3 with a 1.81 ERA and 75 strikeouts in 65.1 innings pitched on the mound. Pounders had signed a letter of intent with USC before signing with the Pirates today. He is scheduled to begin his professional career with the Gulf Coast League Pirates in Bradenton, Florida.
Red Sox, Pirates Discuss Wilson Trade
Nothing seems imminent, but the Red Sox and Pirates have had trade discussions involving shortstop Jack Wilson. Boston has rotated a few different players in at the position as Jed Lowrie recovers from a wrist injury. Wilson has an $8.4 million club option for 2010 on his contract, which Pittsburgh is unlikely to exercise.
Pens Raise Trophy For Pirates Fans
The Penguins were honored before the Pirates hosted the Tigers on Sunday afternoon. The Pens were serenaded with chants of "Lets go, Pens!" Bill Guerin threw out the first pitch, a job that worried the NHL star. "It was nerve-wracking, and farther than you think," Guerin said.
McCutchen's Speed Compares To Bo Jackson
Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen's speed has brought up comparisons to some all-time greats. "Bo Jackson was phenomenal," manager John Russell said. "I'm not saying Andrew has that kind of speed, but I'd like them run against each other." Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton was impressed as well. "This kid yesterday can pick them up and put them down," he said. "I watched Bo Jackson do that. That's something special. Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders are in another class, but (McCutchen) can pick them up and put them down."
Cox Gets 2,000th Career Win With Braves
Braves manager Bobby Cox got the 2,000th win of his managing career with the team on Monday night against the Pirates. Cox's 2,355 wins overall in 28 seasons with Atlanta and Toronto rank fourth all-time among managers. "All it means is that you're getting old and you've been around too long," Cox, 68, said. "I've been lucky. We've always had great players here. To get that many you have to have great players. And we have them again this year." Chipper Jones wasn't nearly as modest in his praise for Cox. "He's the best there is and we're all happy for him," said Jones.
After Wieters Fiasco, Will Pirates Draft Sanchez?
The Pirates famously passed on catcher Matt Wieters a few years ago, and could look to reverse that by drafting Tony Sanchez. Pittsburgh has the fifth overall pick in Tuesday night's MLB Draft, and rumors have linked them to the Boston College catcher. The Pirates took Clemson reliever Daniel Moskos over Wieters. Pittsburgh didn't shy away from drafting a player that would be tough to sign last year when they selected Pedro Alvarez.
Pirates: McLouth Trade Not Financially Motivated
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington tried to explain his rationale for trading Nate McLouth in an e-mail to season-ticket holders.
Beltran Dismisses 'No Class' Gripe
Mets center field Carlos Beltran has dismissed a claim by Pittsburgh's Adam LaRoche that he has "no class."
LaRoche: Beltran Has 'Zero Class'
Adam LaRoche responded to Mets CF Carlos Beltran's comments Thursday that he was "embarrassed" after being swept by the Pirates.
Many Pirates 'Ticked Off' By McLouth Deal
A number of Pirates were visibly angry following the team's trade of outfielder Nate McLouth on Wednesday.
Beltran 'Embarrassed' By Sweep In Pittsburgh
Mets center fielder Carlos Beltran was "embarrassed" after the team was swept by the Pirates this week.
Russell: Future Is Now For Pirates
The Pirates traded last year's All-Star representative on Wednesday, but manager John Russell believes that the future is now.
Super Prospect McCutchen Ready To Replace McLouth
The Pirates traded Nate McLouth to Atlanta, at least in part, to make room for super prospect Andrew McCutchen.
Grading The Deal: McLouth To Atlanta
The Atlanta Braves dealt three of their highly regarded prospects for All-Star outfielder Nate McLouth.
Braves Acquire Nate McLouth
The Braves have acquired All-Star outfielder Nate McLouth from the Pirates in exchange for three highly regarded Minor League prospects.
Stanley Cup Gives Pirates Minuscule Crowd Against Mets
The crowd at PNC Park was announced at 10,459.