Clubs that have talked to #Pirates believe James Loney emerging as their top choice at 1B. Heard they've also asked on Adam Lind & Moreland
Tampa Bay Times "The Rays still need a first baseman, and team president Matt Silverman said this morning they are "hopeful" of re-signing free agent James Loney, who is also of considerable interest to the Pirates. "He's someone that we're interested in, and he knows that,'' Silverman said this morning on..." December 04
Denver Post "In a series of corresponding moves, the Rockies have begun shaping their everyday lineup for next season. On Tuesday, they traded center fielder Dexter Fowler to the Houston Astros to clear payroll to sign free-agent first baseman Justin Morneau. The Rockies ironed out the final details Tuesday..." December 04
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
CBSSports.com "The Rockies and first baseman Justin Morneau are "closing in on" a two-year contract, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post. There are some details to finalize but talks are in the final stages. Morneau, 32, would replace Todd Helton, who retired after the season. The Rockies traded center..." December 03
#Pirates non-tendered Michael McKenry, Garrett Jones and Kyle McPherson (all recently DFA'd).
MLB.com "The free-agent pool got a boost on Monday, with former closers John Axford and Andrew Bailey among the biggest names cut loose ahead of the 11:59 p.m. ET non-tender deadline. Teams had until that time to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players. A non-tendered player..." December 03
CBSSports.com "Sad news out of the Pirates organization: minor league outfielder Evan Chambers passed away in his sleep over the weekend. He was only 24. The team is working on a statement but players Tony Sanchez and Phil Irwin both confirmed the news on Twitter. Chambers was the team's third round pick in..." December 02
CBSSports.com "A few weeks ago, talks between Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball about a new posting system hit a snag. MLB reportedly grew impatient and felt NPB's officials were dragging their feet seeking approval and finalizing the agreement. As a result, MLB amended their..." December 02
The Pirates are on the verge of acquiring catcher Chris Stewart from the Yankees.
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Justin Morneau sounded pretty certain Saturday that he will return to the Twins. Just not necessarily next year. For that matter, not necessarily as a player. “I can’t say [it’s] unlikely” that he’ll wear a Twins uniform again someday, Morneau said during his first public appearance here..." December 02
I expect #Rockies' pursuit of Justin Morneau to heat up this week He's the target. Ideally they get resolution before winter meetings
Denver Post "Justin Morneau won American League MVP honors in 2006. He finished second in 2008. He’s not that guy. Justin Morneau won the Home Run Derby in 2008 at Yankee Stadium, something everyone forgets because of Josh Hamilton’s breathtaking performance in the preliminary rounds. He’s not that..." November 29
Deadspin.com "Recently, as you may recall, we announced our plan to subvert the annual elections for baseball's Hall of Fame by buying votes from voters. Our idea was to make a mockery and farce of the increasingly solemn and absurd election process, and to take some power from the duly appointed custodians of..." November 27
MLB.com "The induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., next July 28 could have a real Atlanta Braves flavor to it. Former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, each a 300-game winner, head a ballot stacked with superstar newcomers that will be studied by..." November 26
Denver Post "A year after luring manager Walt Weiss away from Regis High School, the Rockies are considering an out-of-the-batter’s-box hire for the hitting instructor’s job. Former minor league infielder Blake Doyle has emerged as a strong candidate for the position after interviewing with the Rockies,..." November 26
The Pirates are one of eight teams to check in on free agent SS Rafael Furcal, according to his agent
MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres announced they have traded outfielder Jaff Decker and right-handed reliever Miles Mikolas to the PIrates for first baseman/outfielder Alex Dickerson. Both Decker and Mikolas were designated for assignment last week. Decker, 23, was taken with the 42nd overall pick in the 2008 draft...." November 25
Pirates made a call on Lance Berkman but agent says he's leaning toward retirement
The #Pirates have signed RHPs Collin Balester, Jacob Brigham, Jay Jackson, Josh Kinney and Seth McClung to minor league contracts.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates announced the signing of five minor league free agents today, all right-handed pitchers, and extended invitations to major league spring training to three of them. Collin Balester, Jake Brigham, Jay Jackson, Josh Kinney and Seth McClung joined the organization, with Brigham, Jackson..." November 20
Pirates are finalists for the services of free agent RHP Josh Johnson, according to his agent. Agent says he's considering "3 or 4" teams
MLB.com "The Arizona Fall League concludes with the championship game between the Mesa Solar Sox and Surprise Saguaros on Saturday. Teddy Cahill and I will be on hand to cover the game for MLB.com, which also will broadcast the game (as will MLB Network) starting at 3 p.m. ET. The AFL brings more than..." November 18
MLB.com "There's an old joke that says all you need to have a long career in baseball is to pitch with your left hand and have a pulse. It's a big-league exaggeration, of course, but the best lefties in the business are right on the pulse of what makes playoff contenders successful. During this..." November 18
The @Pirates have named Jeff Branson Hitting Coach & announced Jeff Livesey has joined the Major League staff as a Coach.
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials impeded a Florida Department of Health investigation of Biogenesis founder Tony Bosch by purchasing clinic documents they likely knew had been stolen and had been warned not to obtain, sources close to the investigation told "Outside the Lines." The Department of..." November 15
SI.com "Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera won his second consecutive American League Most Valuable Player award and Pirates centerfielder Andrew McCutchen won his first National League MVP in balloting announced on Thursday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Cabrera is the first AL..." November 15
Reports: Japanese players' union approves new posting system. Players could be posted as early as Nov. 20.
USA Today "Major League Baseball took a big step toward full-scale instant replay reviews Thursday when the 30 club owners unanimously approved funding for an extensive video system that would allow managers to challenge almost every umpire's call except balls and strikes. "The clubs are very excited..." November 14
Owner: "Serious reservations" among clubs about posting process. Possible no agreement is reached, which means no Tanaka this off-season.
The @Phillies sign OF Marlon Byrd to 2-year, $16 million contract with club/vesting option for 2016.
MLB.com "Leading his team to the postseason is the goal of every Major League manager, and two skippers who did that in historic ways for their ballclubs in 2013 have been rewarded with Manager of the Year honors. Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle led the Pirates into October for the first time since 1992 to..." November 13
CBS Philly "The Phillies will sign outfielder Marlon Byrd, the Mike and Ike Show on 94WIP are reporting. A source tells Barkann the Phillies will sign the 35 year-old outfielder. Byrd played with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013. Byrd started his 12-year MLB career with the Phillies in..." November 12
Source says Marlon Byrd deal is two years, $16 million. #phillies
MLB.com "Clint Hurdle, always quick to defer credit to his players for his team's success, can't pass the buck on this one. The Pirates skipper has been selected 2013 National League Manager of the Year, an overwhelming choice in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Dodgers manager..." November 12
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates entered the offseason with offensive voids at shortstop, first base and right field. Now they also must find a hitting coach. Pirates hitting coach Jay Bell has left the organization to become the bench coach with the Cincinnati Reds, a Pirates official confirmed Tuesday morning. Fox..." November 12
Also, hearing Mets touched base with Marlon Byrd’s people in the last few days.
Pirates GM Neal Huntington indicated today that the team is open to discussing an extension with Neil Walker this offseason.
MLB.com "All year long, they went deep and they found the gaps, and baseball's best batsmen of 2013 connected one more time on Wednesday night, collecting The Silver Slugger Awards for their offensive performances this season. With the Yankees' Robinson Cano picking up a fourth consecutive silver bat..." November 07
MLB.com "The top contenders for baseball's four major individual honors, as voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, were revealed Tuesday on MLB Network. The winners of the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year Awards (Monday), Managers of the Year (Tuesday), Cy Young Awards (Nov. 13) and..." November 06
#Mariners will name Detroit Tigers hitting coach Lloyd McClendon as their new manager, a source close to team says. Announcement soon.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "A month has passed since A.J. Burnett last pitched but the free agent is still undecided whether he will return to pitch in 2014 or if his loss in Game 1 of the NLDS in St. Louis will mark his last major league action. Free agents could begin signing with clubs at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday. “A.J...." November 05
MLB.com "Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Francisco Liriano and New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera have been named the recipients of the 2013 National League and American League Comeback Player of the Year Awards, respectively, Major League Baseball announced today. The Comeback Player of the Year Awards are..." November 05
MLB.com "The pens and reams of paper are out. Decisions are about to be made. The Hot Stove season is now in Major League overdrive. The end of the World Series on Wednesday night and the beginning of free agency a day later was only the beginning. After a relatively quiet weekend, Monday brings about..." November 04
pirates officially do not extend qualifying offer to a.j. burnett now. $14.1M is a lot for small market with deep pitching.