Bucs bring back no-bat Barmes

   December 17, 2013 4:05 pm

You gotta hand it to the Pittsburgh Pirates. They must be the only team in the majors that thinks shortstop Clint Barmes is worth something. Barmes, 34, signed a one-year deal worth $2 million. It’s a good deal, if he could hit. But he can’t. Barmes hit .211 last season in 304 at-bats. He had…

All’s quiet with the Pirates, and that’s good

   November 24, 2012 12:32 am

I’ve never been a fan of Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington. Last year’s free-agent class, which included Nate McLouth, Erik Bedard, Clint Barmes and Rod Barajas, didn’t change my mind. I know it’s still early, but the Pirates haven’t made any significant offseason signings. And that’s a good thing. The highlight so far, if…

Hey, Neal, you need to get the Bucs a bat

   July 28, 2012 9:30 pm

Are the Pittsburgh Pirates buyers before Tuesday’s trade deadline? Ask general manager Neal Huntington, and the answer might not seem obvious. Here’s what he told mlb.com: “So it’s nice that we don’t have to go get someone specific; we can pick what we want to get, and if the acquisition cost is exorbitantly high, we…

Pirates need to make major splash at trade deadline

   July 21, 2012 9:07 pm

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in search of some help in their effort to make the playoffs this season. That help, according to some rumors, could include some former players. Cubs pitcher Paul Maholm has been mentioned as a possible addition, along with Mets shortstop Ronny Cedeno. If that’s the best the Bucs can do, they…

Pirates’ latest addition: Nick Evans … yawn

   November 30, 2011 10:04 pm

Albert Pujols. Jose Reyes. Prince Fielder. The top free agents are being courted around major league baseball these days. All, it seems, except for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates made their latest splash this offseason but it’s hardly a cause for celebration or to entertain the thought that a winning season is right around the…