Hanrahan is in his final year of arbitration and has a projected salary of $7 million for 2013. The Pirates will continue to shop him this offseason, but could look to transition him into a starter and address their bullpen in free agency. The Dodgers recently discussed a possible deal for Hanrahan involving left-hander Chris Capuano, though a trade now appears unlikely to happen
I still don't see it like that, but oh well. There is no way that Hanrahan is gonna be a starter on this team or any other.
Pirates are interested in John Lannan. Some think it could take a major league deal to get him but some think a minor league deal would work. On a minor league deal he'd be a solid choice to compete for the 5th starter job.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington indicated Monday that Starling Marte and Travis Snider are locked in as starters in left and right field, respectively.
Huntington said Jose Tabata and Alex Presley are "coming in to fight (for jobs). We're going to have interesting decisions." Garrett Jones, who has split time evenly between first base and right field, is currently in line to start at first, though he could be traded.
very interesting that could mean the pirates are looking for pitching more than a hitter
The bullpen especially if Hanrahan is traded also needs some work. The offense on the other hand is raw but fairly steady except for a little more infield depth.
The next big event this offseason comes on Thursday as the Rule V draft occurs. The Pirates do have an opening on the 40 man roster and this class has been described as deep so I'd expect the Pirates to select someone. Just looking at how the roster in constructed I'd say it is most likely to be a pitcher but I wouldn't rule out a middle infielder.
Here is a look at a Top 20 list of eligible players as complied by Jonathan Mayo.
This isn't directly related to the Pirates but is kind of funny. Will Carroll of Sports Illustrated tweeted that Rod Barajas is a key free agent to watch. The thought process is he is the best and possibly only free agent option who could catch Dickey.
So yes amazingly somehow even Rod Barajas appears to have seen a jump in value since leaving the Pirates.
I like to think of it this way; the Pirates are so set at a position that we won't even consider the best C available. We are set.
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We will probably get some action tomorrow in the Rule V draft but right now unless the Pirates trade Hanrahan or Jones the only move we might see today is the signing of someome to a minor league deal.
All indications are that Jason Grilli is going to sign with somebody today. Will it be us? Who knows but this is probably are most interesting tidbit for the day so I'll be following it.
Mark Strittmatter has left the Pirates and joined the Rockies. He really didn't have a title with the coaching staff as all I ever seen him listed as was coach.
Pirates traded Ramon Cabrera to the Tigers for Andrew Oliver. This is not much of a move but my initial reaction is why. Catching is a premium position and Cabrera while not a great prospect has put up solid numbers. Meanwhile Oliver looks like just another reliever with control issues. He is a lefty though so I guess that helps.
burgh what can you tell me about Cabrera? You seem to be in tune with your organizational depth. Oliver at one time had some high hopes but when he got his shot he missed a couple of times. Good arm but like you said lacks control. Nibbles around the outside corner a lot instead of trusting his fastball. I'm just wondering if Cabrera has a legit chance to over take our own young back up catcher Holaday. Holaday has defensive capabilities but the bat is still an issue or is Cabrera more of a bat.