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Oswalt and Jackson each spurned Pirates

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08:14 AM ET 02.08 | Credit the Pirates for trying. Even a chunk of cash as large as $10 million will not buy the Pirates an upper-tier free agent unless that player wants to play in Pittsburgh. According to multiple industry sources, the Pirates in recent days engaged in serious, detailed discussions with the agents for pitchers Roy Oswalt and Edwin Jackson. In both cases, however, talks were derailed when the player said he'd rather play elsewhere. Jackson accepted a one-year, $10 million contract Thursday from the Washington Nationals. The Pirates had offered the right-hander one- and three-year deals for slightly less money per year. ... The Pirates reached out to Oswalt's camp but were rebuffed.

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February 8, 2012  08:36 AM ET

Cricketts ...

February 8, 2012  08:37 AM ET

Semi-pro baseball team in Lubbock, TX for a few years, went belly up ...

February 8, 2012  08:41 AM ET

I think Bucs might be in an okay position this year. Remember when they were leading after the All-Star break? Now with Pujols and Fielder out of the division, anything can happen.

February 8, 2012  08:45 AM ET

You would have to be really desperate to want to play for the Pirates. They have shown no ablity to raise talent.

February 8, 2012  09:02 AM ET

From where does this "upper tier" designation of Oswalt emanate?

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February 8, 2012  09:26 AM ET

They may be getting back in touch with the Pirates if they don't sign somewhere soon.

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February 8, 2012  09:44 AM ET
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Their current starters were pitching at their career best (just about all of them) in the early part of the season. Every break went their way. They were hot. Then the pitching came back to earth and they faded. Don't know if that can happen twice like that - IMHO...

Morning Lou.

February 8, 2012  09:45 AM ET

Perhaps the rules need to change somewhat to level the playing field when it comes to free agency. Maybe the teams with the worst record would have the right to the 1st negotiation. This would no doubt cause players to not reject big offers from their team;ie, Pujols, Fielder.

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February 8, 2012  11:11 AM ET
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Gotta disagree there. They raise lots of talent. Problem is, they trade them or let them walk once a big payday comes around.

The Pirates do a very nice job of player development. Andrew McCutchen, Neil Walker, Pedro Alvarez and Jose Tabata are prime examples of that.

February 8, 2012  11:48 AM ET
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Gotta disagree there. They raise lots of talent. Problem is, they trade them or let them walk once a big payday comes around.

Sometimes before then and don't always get market value...they seem to have stopped that though. if they want to be competitive again they will either have to start compiling arms ala TB or start to pay, nay overpay, FAs ala the Nats.

February 8, 2012  12:00 PM ET
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They may be getting back in touch with the Pirates if they don't sign somewhere soon.

jackson its being signed with the pesky nationals, Oswalt still thinking in the past!!!

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