Yesterday was a busy day for news and rumors, not just for the Pirates but for all of baseball. And then at the end of the day I thought about it and realized that nothing actually happened. There was an Aroldis Chapman trade that never went through after it was later revealed that there was a crazy story involving Chapman choking someone and firing a gun in his house eight times. Then there was a late trade rumor that discussed the Cubs getting Shelby Miller, which was almost immediately shot down.
There has been some action in the last day, and things started up this morning with the Cardinals acquiring Jedd Gyorko for Jon Jay. On that last one, it’s hard to say if the move helps or hurts the Cardinals. Gyorko is a bad player with a big contract, but at the same time it is the Cardinals, so he’ll somehow become the biggest breakout star in baseball next year.
There was a small rumor that the Pirates are one of the teams interested in Mark Reynolds.
Rockies, cardinals, giants, pirates among teams interested in mark reynolds
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 8, 2015
Yesterday they were connected to Jeff Francoeur. The connection to Reynolds could either be a cheap addition at first base to pair with Michael Morse, or it could be the team looking for a veteran bench bat in the Francoeur category. Neither player is hugely appealing, but they both had decent numbers last year that you would take off the bench.
As usual, we will have updates throughout the day on all of the latest news and rumors. Feel free to use this thread for discussion on any other topic that isn’t covered.