On location in Dallas
At the moment, there is no substantial news to report from the Hilton Anatole, which is the site of this year’s Winter Meetings in Dallas. GM Neal Huntington will meet with members of the Pittsburgh media at 3:30 pm each day, so you can look for another update after that session.
As has been rehashed way too many times already, the Pirates are still actively looking for starting pitching help and a first baseman. Derrek Lee will have to make a decision about his arbitration offer by midnight on Wednesday, so the Pirates have their hands tied a bit until then. It would make no sense to sign another first baseman if Lee is still contemplating an offer.
The starting pitching market has been slow to develop, and it’s not that exciting a group of names to choose from. But as is the case every year, there could be a diamond in the bunch. It’s just a matter of being the club that finds it.
While I don’t anticipate the Pirates being all that active in the free agent market this week, there is always the chance that they pull off a trade. With so many baseball front office people in the same hotel, there is constant talking and surmising going on. And since the free agent market isn’t an especially strong one in the areas where the Pirates are looking, a trade might be the best way of addressing their biggest needs.
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