Results tagged ‘ Neal Huntington ’

Bucs ink 1B Lyle Overbay

The Pirates have signed free agent first baseman Lyle Overbay to a one-year contract, the team announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the contract were not immediately known.

Overbay, 34, comes to Pittsburgh after spending the last five seasons with Toronto. Overbay, who made $24 million over the past four years, hit .243 with 37 doubles, 20 homers and 67 RBIs in 154 games last season. He is a career .274 hitter since breaking into the Majors with Arizona in 2001.

Overbay’s .996 fielding percentage last year ranked second best in the American League. He led all AL first baseman in double plays (150) and assists (101).

“Lyle Overbay is a solid Major League player, and we expect him to have a positive impact on our club offensively, defensively and in the clubhouse,” general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement.

— Jenifer Langosch

Pirates, Chan Ho Park considering reunion

There remains mutual interest between the Pirates and Chan Ho Park to have the veteran right-handed reliever return to Pittsburgh in 2011. General manager Neal Huntington has spoken with Park’s agent, and both sides have made it known that they would like to continue the dialogue throughout the offseason.  

“We’ve expressed some interest and he has expressed some interest,” Huntington said. “But again, it’s got to be the right fit for him, and it has to be the right fit for us. We’re working through what that might be or may not be.”

It’s unlikely that the Pirates would offer Park a guaranteed Major League contract. But the club would have little to lose to bring the 37-year-old pitcher to Spring Training under a Minor League deal with the chance to win an Opening Day roster spot.

Park joined the Pirates in early August after being claimed off waivers from the Yankees. He allowed 11 earned runs on 25 hits in 28 1/3 innings of relief. His stay with the Pirates ended better than it began, though, as Park allowed only five earned runs in his final 23 1/3 innings.

Jenifer Langosch

Bucs discussing Maholm with multiple teams

A baseball source has confirmed that the Pirates are discussing possible Paul Maholm trade scenarios with multiple teams. The Pirates still do not feel a need to have to move Maholm, but if another club meets its asking price, Pittsburgh will make a deal.

Recent reports have listed the Dodgers, Padres and Mets as teams interested in acquiring the left-hander before Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline. Multiple sources have told that no deal is imminent.

When asked to comment on specific rumors, Pirates GM Neal Huntington said: “We will not discuss any specific trade rumor.  We are working through various scenarios with various players and will make a move only if we believe the return to be compelling.”

Maholm, who is under contract through 2011 and has a clup option for 2012, doesn’t have the ability to veto a trade. He had this to say on Friday regarding the rumors:

“I’ve always said I want to be on a winning team. My first choice would be on the team that turns it around here. I’ve been in Pittsburgh my whole career and I love the fans, love the ballpark, and I think they deserve a winner. I want to be a part of that. But it’s not up to me. If they come in and tell me to go somewhere, I’m going. I don’t have a ‘no trade [clause].’ We’ll just see how it goes.”

— Jenifer Langosch

Doumit unlikely to be moved

The Pirates placed Ryan Doumit on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday with a concussion, which would seem to take him out of discussions leading up to the July 31 Trade Deadline. The Pirates were making Doumit available — at the right cost, of couse — but his injury-plagued history was already extensive before this latest addition. This concussion certainly can’t help his value, and if there were any interested teams, expect them to either back off or lessen their offer.

To this point, though, interest in Doumit seemed miminal anyways.

On a side note, Pirates general manager Neal Huntington addressed the Trade Deadline briefly again on Thursday, noting that the Pirates’ sudden results improvement hasn’t changed the team’s stance.

“We talk about the balancing of the short-term and the long-term goals all the time,” Huntington said. “You want to keep the momentum going forward, but if we get a situation that allows us to take a big step forward as an organization, it’s something that we have to take a look at. We’re trying to be beyond just the talent accumulation mode. We’re trying to build a winning Major League team here. Each one of those moves will be factored in as we go forward.”

Jenifer Langosch

Bucs listening, but without urgency

General manager Neal Huntington hasn’t promised that the Pirates will be entirely inactive on the trade front through the end of the month, but it’s obvious that the urgency to deal away players for prospects is not like it has been in each of the past two seasons.

“This year, we’ve got some guys that we’re not real motivated to move,” Huntington said. “If we get a good baseball trade, then we’ll make it. But we’re beyond the prospect collection mode, and we’re trying to move forward with this group.”

Veterans Paul Maholm, Zach Duke and Ryan Doumit have garnered interest in the past, and all three could be asked about again over the next 11 days. Doumit and Duke haven’t had particularly strong seasons, though, which could affect their value. And without the need to have to make deals, don’t expect the Pirates to sell low.

Relievers Brendan Donnelly and D.J. Carrasco are other potential trade pieces given how valuable reliable veteran relievers are for clubs looking to make a postseason push. And then there is closer Octavio Dotel, who perhaps has as much value as anyone that the Pirates would be willing to part with midseason. 

Dotel’s name has already surfaced as a potential fit on a number of clubs, though there have been no indications that it has fostered into anything more than speculation at this point. So why does Dotel seem as likely to go as anyone else in the Pirates’ clubhouse?

To begin with, he comes at a reasonable price given his experience, which has spanned 12 seasons. Dotel’s $3.5 million salary is plenty affordable, and his $4.5 million club option for 2011 becomes a mutual option if he is dealt.

Furthermore, the Pirates might not need the 36-year-old right-hander beyond this season. They seem to have a closer-in-waiting with Evan Meek, and if the club is planning to hand that job to Meek next year, this would be the time to try and get something for Dotel.

Jenifer Langosch