For reasons that will become shortly apparent, I've been working on cleaning/updating the sidebar links. That means that I've got some new links to add to the sidebar, as well as some other things for your general perusal.
Cory Humes, Geeves, and Alan from Bucco Wire are all blogging again at MVN under the header Pirate Revolution.
There's also The Green Weenie and The 'Burgh Blues, two blogs I should've added some time ago.
Meanwhile, Dejan's series about the Pirates' presence in the Dominican is awesome. I'm sure most of you have been checking it out as it's been published, but if you haven't I can't recommend parts one, two, and three, Renee Gayo's list of the top 5 prospects yet to play in America, and everything else that DK's put on his blog on the subject enough. It's an awesome look in to the Bucs' international operation and how things have changed since Bob Nutting took the lack of Pirate presence in the region personally.
On a more depressing note, Wilbur Miller runs down the Pirates' drafts from 1999-2007 (via Bucs Dugout).
Jay Bell is eligible for the Hall of Fame this year. As the sponsor of his Baseball-Reference page, I feel like I have to mention this. His career highlights include a bajillion sac bunts in 1990 and 1991, a Gold Glove in 1993, scoring the winning run in the 2001 World Series, and hitting a grand slam in the exact inning some potentially clairevoyant lady said he would, winning her a million dollars.
This isn't too terribly bold of a prediction, but the Pirates are going to make some moves in the next couple of days. One of them will probably be a Jack Wilson trade, but we'll get to that in a second. First, the Pirates cleared two spaces on the 40-man roster yesterday by outrighting Jason Davis and Raul Chavez to AAA. This means a couple of things. One is that the Pirates almost certainly have their eye on someone in Monday's Rule 5 draft. Whether the guy they're looking for will be there when they pick is another story (I'm talking about Eduardo Morlan). The other thing it means is that I'm going to be pissed if Jamie Romak gets taken in the Rule 5, because Davis and Chavez certainly could've been outrighted two weeks ago to make room for Romak.
Beyond the roster moves, Dejan has two names from Detroit that the Pirates appear to be interested in: Matt Joyce and Jeff Larish. Judging by stats and ages, I'm guessing that the Pirates want Joyce and the Tigers would rather give them Larish. Joyce is an outfielder that turned 24 in August, put up a .902 OPS in AAA, then hit .252/.399/.492 in 277 PAs with the Tigers, mostly as a 23-year old. Larish is a bit older (26 in October), plays first base, and frankly just isn't the same type of hitter that Joyce is.
This is a bit of a tricky situation for Huntington and it'll be interesting to see what happens. The Tigers are now rumored to be interested in Adam Everett ando be perfectly honest, signing a free agent shortstop with a good glove makes much more sense to me than trading for Jack Wilson. If Huntington holds out for too much of a return, he'll likely scare off his market for Wilson. Wilson isn't nearly as valuable as the two guys that Huntington traded at the deadline, which makes this a unique situation for him as a GM.