I just heard via Twitter that the Jose Veros is leaning towards signing with the Pirates. For the scoop on him head over to Mlbtraderumors.com. Basically, he is a right-hander with a mid-90's fastball and high BB/9 and K/9 rates. The deal will be a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.
I just read the post on The Altoona group and he seems to be one of the very few that think Brad Lincoln will be a good starter. I think that if the pirates give Morton another chance he will just do the same thing over again and deprive Lincoln of starts. Now, hear me out here player: last year Morton finished strong in the last few months and had high expectations. Isn't it a little strange that he finished strong this year and that the expectations are high AGAIN> As for lincoln, yes he did have a rough time in the big leagues, but most of that was due to the "kerrigan Effect." With new [and great] pitching coach Ray Searage, can he bounce back?
My final topic today is left-handed relievers. The market is very, very thin on them and it raises the question: Should the Pirates have traded Javier Lopez? I think with the return that they got, John Bowker and Joe martinez, it was a pretty stupid trade. I mean they alsready traded Joe Martinez and John Bowker is out of options with an already filled outfield/first base depth chart. I mean the FO couldnt have saw that the FA market for lefties is thin and just waited? Again, another poor move by the FO and another year of -.500 ball.
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