March 2013 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

Jeff Locke Named Pittsburgh's Fifth Starter

Mar 27, 2013 4:24 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have named Jeff Locke their No. 5 starter.

Locke beat out Kyle McPherson, who has been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis.

"We had extremely challenging decisions," general manager Neal Huntington said. "We didn't have clear separation on a number of fronts, but we still made decisions we feel good about."

Associated Press

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Forbes: MLB Sees Team Value Rise 23 Percent

Mar 27, 2013 4:17 PM

According to figures released by Forbes, Major League Baseball's off-the-field investments have helped boost the average worth of the 30 teams by 23 percent to $744 million.

Forbes revealed that the money that all teams made from the $450 million sale of the Montreal Expos in 2006 was invested in hedge funds that are now worth more than $1 billion.

Each team also owns an equal share in MLB Advanced Media, which generates more than $600 million in revenue, and Forbes conservatively values the subsidiary at $6 billion.

You can combine those investments with the $12.4 billion in national television revenue the clubs will receive thanks to new deals with Fox, Turner and ESPN that run through the 2021 season.

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Pirates Acquire McDonald From Diamondbacks

Mar 20, 2013 5:08 PM

The Diamondbacks have traded John McDonald to the Pirates for a player to be named or cash.

The trade came two days after Pittsburgh backup shortstop Chase d'Arnaud, injured in a rundown drill earlier, had surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb.

McDonald, 38, hit .249 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 70 games for Arizona last season.

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Arizona Diamondbacks, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Martin Expected To Re-Sign With Yankees

Mar 18, 2013 7:49 AM

Russell Martin signed with the Pirates as they attempt to break .500 for the first time in two decades.

While the catcher is happy with his situation, he admitted that he expected to re-sign with the Yankees.

"I thought I was going to be in pinstripes," Martin said. "I thought I was going to be penciled in there, but shows how much I know. There's really no hard feelings or anything like that. I see it as a business move, and that's it, really. ... There's no regrets, that's all I can say. I have no regrets. I am where I am, I'm happy, and I'm just ready to take on the season and see what happens."

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Tags: New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Cleon Jones Last Represented Mets In Left At ASG

Mar 15, 2013 9:13 AM

In a rundown of each National League team's positional All-Star representatives, a few lengthy droughts were uncovered.

Cleon Jones was the last left fielder to play in the All-Star Game as a Met. That was 43 years ago, in 1969.

Believe it or not, three NL teams have never had an All-Star at a position: Marlins (center fielder), Diamondbacks (shortstop) and Rockies (catcher).

David Schoenfield/ESPN

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Dodgers Aren't Close To Trading Surplus Starter

Mar 10, 2013 10:11 AM

The Dodgers are not believed to be close to trading any one of their surplus starters.

Aaron Harang, Chris Capuano and Ted Lilly cannot be sent to the minors without consent, so potential trade partners are wondering how little a return the Dodgers might accept in order to clear a roster logjam.

The Dodgers do not intend to release any of those players.

The Orioles, Brewers and Pirates have expressed interest.

Bill Shaikin/Los Angeles Times

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Selig Envisions True 'World' Series

Mar 9, 2013 9:35 AM

Bud Selig hopes the World Baseball Classic will eventually lead to a true "World" Series and growing interest in the game across the globe.

"What is the final goal long after I'm gone? The thought of having a real world Series and the interest in the world I can't even imagine," Selig said. "Yes it has economic potential that is huge, but from a sociological standpoint that is greater."

The 2013 WBC is the third installment of the international tournament.

"The goal here is to internationalize the sport," Selig said. "This is what we're trying to do. In my judgment if we do it right you won't recognize the sport in a decade.We'll look back on this in retrospect one day and we'll see a sport that is legitimately a worldwide sport. Is this doing what we set out to do? You bet it is."

Mark Townsend/Big League Stew

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