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08:08 AM ET 11.17 | Colorado may have concerns beyond how MLB decides to police its humidor. The GM meetings will begin to slowly clarify what the Rockies are up against in re-signing free agent Jorge De La Rosa. The Nationals, Yankees and Orioles are among those interested in the left-hander. A team to keep an eye on is Pittsburgh. The Pirates were already targeting De La Rosa before they hired former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle on Monday. Colorado has not offered De La Rosa a contract since last winter, preferring at this point to wait and see how the market develops.

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November 17, 2010  08:10 AM ET

Pittsburgh, that would be an impressive signing.

November 17, 2010  08:13 AM ET

Pittsburgh? That would be an impressive signing for them.

November 17, 2010  08:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Pittsburgh? That would be an impressive signing for them.

Whoops. Missing post syndrome.

November 17, 2010  08:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Pittsburgh? That would be an impressive signing for them.

Definitely. I'm, for whatever reason, the optimistic Pirates fan. I think Clint Hurdle is a good pick up for them as well. Did well developing young guys out in Colorado and has ties with De La Rosa. I've heard rumors the Buccos might throw up to 8 figures at the guy. I read a nice little article that said before Hurdle agreed to be manager, he basically asked Nutting if he was all in, and where his priorities lied financially. I guess he liked the answer. Baby steps!

November 17, 2010  08:56 AM ET

Pittsburg actually doing something. Did they change owners?

November 17, 2010  09:11 AM ET

This would be great for Pittsburgh, actually go out and sign a solid player... who woulda thunk it?

November 17, 2010  09:23 AM ET

An excerpt from a meeting in Pirates headquarters:

Frank Coonelly: I had a brilliant idea.
Bob Nutting: Trade McCutchen for cash considerations?
Coonelly: No Bob. In order to win, maybe we have to sign good players.
Nutting: Why would we do that?
Coonelly: The fans are pretty ticked at you, they might start to boycott going to the PNC and Seven Springs.
Nutting: We can't have that, I need more money. Sign Clint Hurdle and Jorge De La Rossa.

November 17, 2010  09:37 AM ET
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Not a wise move for the Pirates. De La Rosa is not as good of a pitcher as some people think. Career ERA of 5.00, 1.500 WHIP, and his lowest ERA was 4.22 in 2010.

He's better than any of the other Pirates pitchers, any area where they drastically need help.

November 17, 2010  10:09 AM ET
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He's better than any of the other Pirates pitchers, any area where they drastically need help.

should say "an area." Also, if you consider the caliber of player the Pirates brass usually brings in, this is a big improvement.

November 17, 2010  10:14 AM ET
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should say "an area." Also, if you consider the caliber of player the Pirates brass usually brings in, this is a big improvement.

That's very true. I hope they get him.

November 17, 2010  10:14 AM ET

So are the pirates going to be the rays or the royals.

November 17, 2010  10:33 AM ET

I'd love to be as optimistic as fellow Pittsburgher SteelCurtain32, but I have to exercise extreme caution. The Nuttings suck as owners, quite possibly the worst in all of sports and have a lot to prove before I'll have any faith in them signing or keeping players.

That being said, I think the hiring of Clint Hurdle is a very solid move and I'd love to see them get some pitching help to go with the core of young players they have.

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November 17, 2010  12:32 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I'd love to be as optimistic as fellow Pittsburgher SteelCurtain32, but I have to exercise extreme caution. The Nuttings suck as owners, quite possibly the worst in all of sports and have a lot to prove before I'll have any faith in them signing or keeping players.That being said, I think the hiring of Clint Hurdle is a very solid move and I'd love to see them get some pitching help to go with the core of young players they have.

That's me, always making lemonade out of lemons or so they say. Agreed on Hurdle. I think thats the best move out of the options they had. A guy with a good back ground and comes from a winning atmosphere, I think thats what the Pirates locker room needs. Russell was a statue and brought no emotion to the team.

The Pirates obviously are not going to bring in a Halladay or Santana type, but good pitching is needed. They currently have a 'bottom of the barrel' rotation in my opinion.

November 17, 2010  12:39 PM ET
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Is he though? He pitched more than 130 innings only once in his career. This could be more money being flushed down the toilet by the Pirates.

Morton was 2-12 with a 7.6 ERA.
Ohlendorf has a career 4.4 ERA and was 1-11 last year.
Maholm was 9-15 with a 5.1 ERA
Karstens was 3-10 with a 4.9 ERA
Duke, the Pirates 'ace' was 8-15 wit ha 5.72 ERA

Brad Lincoln was supposed to be good but finished 1-4 with a 6.6 ERA and was sent back down.

Not including the 2 guys they just drafted (Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie), Evan Meek and James MacDonald are the only pitchers that show any promise.

So ya, De La Rosa would be an improvement.

November 17, 2010  12:46 PM ET

Cain,

I'm not trying to say that you're wrong, but if you had to watch the characters that the Pirates have been bringing in every year, you'd view it as an improvement too.

November 17, 2010  01:47 PM ET
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Yes.

Well that explains it.

November 17, 2010  06:53 PM ET

Is Pittsburg running short of drywallers?

November 17, 2010  06:55 PM ET
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Morton was 2-12 with a 7.6 ERA.Ohlendorf has a career 4.4 ERA and was 1-11 last year.Maholm was 9-15 with a 5.1 ERAKarstens was 3-10 with a 4.9 ERADuke, the Pirates 'ace' was 8-15 wit ha 5.72 ERABrad Lincoln was supposed to be good but finished 1-4 with a 6.6 ERA and was sent back down.Not including the 2 guys they just drafted (Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie), Evan Meek and James MacDonald are the only pitchers that show any promise. So ya, De La Rosa would be an improvement.

I thought Charlie Morton had a shot. He was young and very inconsistent with the Braves, but I thought he might grow out of it. His stuff is awesome. But since the Braves were willing to trade him to the Pirates, though, that was a hint that the Braves didn't think so.

 
November 17, 2010  10:53 PM ET
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I thought Charlie Morton had a shot. He was young and very inconsistent with the Braves, but I thought he might grow out of it. His stuff is awesome. But since the Braves were willing to trade him to the Pirates, though, that was a hint that the Braves didn't think so.

Morton and Lincoln may come around yet. I'm not holding my breath though.

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