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 Post subject: Rounding out the off-season...
PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:37 pm 
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Jonah Keri penned a very good article about the Tanaka signing and the fact that the baseball world held its collective breath waiting for him to sign. Now that he's a Yankee (ugh), a lot of other players may be on the move. As the dominoes fall, the Pirates may have an opportunity to round out their off-season...

Here's Keri's article, which includes his predictions about who will go where before Spring Training: ... -have-him/

Of particular interest to Pirates' fans is this paragraph:

Pittsburgh Tries to Re-Sign A.J. Burnett

This one’s simple. Burnett has talked about retiring, and the Pirates appear to be proceeding as if he might. And while the Buccos weren’t in on Tanaka, Burnett is worth mentioning here because he seems likely to return to Pittsburgh if he does delay retirement, which would take one still very capable starter off the pitching-needy market.

Keri also mentions that the Texas Rangers may sign Kendrys Morales, which would render Mitch Moreland utterly irrelevant. I'm not a huge fan of Moreland, but he does have three things going for him: (1) he's a first baseman, (2) he swings his bat from the left side, and (3) he has power. That's pretty much all he has going for him, but they happen to match what the Pirates need. For those interested in salary information, he's heading to arbitration with Texas and will either make $2.025 million or $3.25 million in 2014 (his first year of arbitration eligibility). That makes him low risk on the money front as well. I think the Pirates could get him for something like Bryan Morris (or comparable righty bullpen guy like Duke Welker or something) and a low-level prospect.

If the Pirates end up signing Burnett to a one-year deal and trading for Moreland, I'd feel a lot better going into the 2014 campaign. Regardless, the next three weeks will round out the off-season and we'll actually get to watch some mother-lovin' baseball. Halleluja!

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