– Despite a tremendous effort on Twitter by Bucco fans everywhere, Edwin Jackson decided not to come to Pittsburgh, and instead signed a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals. The hashtag “#ejaxtobucs” was not enough to persuade the 28 year old starter to join the Pirates.
– However, it has been reported that Jackson turned down a three-year offer from the Pirates. The deal would have been worth around $30 million. It was clear that Jackson wanted to pitch for a contender, but it would’ve been great to see him in a Bucco uniform.
– The Pirates signed Brian Tallet. The veteran lefty suffered a few injuries last season and finished with a 9.45 ERA. He will likely compete with fellow lefties Danny Moskos, Jo-Jo Reyes, and Doug Slaten for a roster spot.
– ESPN ranked the NL Central by position. Pretty interesting read, with a few questionable placements. Overall, it’s fairly accurate.
– It’s been reported that the Pirates inquired about Roy Oswalt… but he declined. At least the Pirates are trying, right? Now that we know that they are trying for these guys, there shouldn’t be too many complaints about the Nutting’s being cheap. Simply put, the big name free agents do not want to come to Pittsburgh. Hopefully someday soon, we will turn it around and place ourselves in the running for solid free agents.
#Pirates inquired about Roy Oswalt and were willing to jump into bidding, but were rebuffed.—
Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) February 07, 2012
– ESPN’s Jim Bowden reported that the Pirates and manager Clint Hurdle will be working out Dmitri Young next week in Bradenton. Really not sure what to say about this, other than the fact that we don’t think the Pirates should sign him. He’s been out of baseball since 2008, but ESPN wrote an article in January about a potential comeback for Young. Young has had numerous off the field problems. He played in Venezuela this fall, and hit .166 in 66 at-bats. He apparently has lost 75 pounds and has his life back on track. Still, we don’t think it’s a good idea from the Pirates perspective.
57 days until Opening Day.