April 2013 - Pittsburgh Pirates Wiretap

Jonathan Sanchez Suspended Six Games

Apr 28, 2013 9:41 AM

Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jonathan Sanchez has been suspended by Major League Baseball for six games and fined for hitting Allen Craig on Friday night.

Sanchez gave up two home runs and a single to start the inning before plunking the St. Louis Cardinal hitter in the shoulder.

Umpire Tim Timmons immediately ejected Sanchez before tossing Pirates manager Clint Hurdle for arguing.

Associated Press

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Suspension

Pirates Wanted Iglesias In Hanrahan Trade

Apr 14, 2013 6:01 PM

The Pittsburgh Pirates really wanted infielder Jose Iglesias in the trade that sent reliever Joel Hanrahan to the Boston Red Sox this past offseason.

The Red Sox wouldn't budge on including Iglesias.

"The Pirates really wanted a young shortstop they could build around and Iglesias was the guy they earmarked," said one baseball executive.

"The jury was out by some teams' evaluations on him, but there was no denying his defense and no denying that he had a chance with the bat as he matured. Maybe that time has come."

Nick Cafardo/Boston Globe

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Myers, Cole, d'Arnaud Delayed Based On Readiness, Not Super Two Status

Apr 3, 2013 8:29 AM

A number of rookies made Opening Day lineups this season, but there are still a host of young, talented players waiting in the wings.

Rays outfielder Wil Myers, Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole and Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud are all beginning the season in the minors.

The popular belief is that Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh and New York want to delay future free agency, but the clubs contend otherwise.

"Everybody is going to speculate why he is being sent out -- and they're wrong," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said. "He's being sent out because in our minds, he's not ready to compete, to be successful at the Major League level, to be one of those top-of-the-rotation starters, [which is] our goal for him."

The same was said in Tampa Bay.

"With any potential move there are a lot of factors to consider -- the fit on our roster, what it means for our depth, and so on," Andrew Friedman said. "We also have to be really mindful that our goal is to compete year in and year out in the toughest division in baseball with almost no margin for error.

"The AL East will expose very quickly any weaknesses that you have. So when we bring someone here, we need to feel that he's ready to step in and help us win right away. As [manager Joe Maddon] has touched on already this spring, if we add someone who's not ready, not only will it hurt the team, but it can really set the player back as well."

Jonathan Mayo/MLB.com

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets, Misc Rumor