New Uniforms Around the League

There have been a few teams around the MLB to unveil some new jerseys for the 2013 season.

Here are the new threads for the Houston Astros, who will display an entirely different look for their switch to the American League:
Astros new jerseys

The Cardinals will sport this vintage look on Saturdays next year:
Cardinals new jersey

Finally, the Mets will wear these home and road alternates:
Mets new jerseys

We bring this up because it appears that the Pirates plan on introducing new Sunday alternate jerseys, which is given away by the promotional schedule. Hopefully they will unveil them at PirateFest (which is just 10 days away), just as they did in 2007 with the red jerseys:

…and 2009 with the new home, road, and alternate jerseys:
new jerseys 2009

We found one possible design a few weeks ago (although it was on a pretty shady website):
alternates 2013

One small detail that doesn’t seem legit is the Pirate Flag logo on the sleeve, which is rarely used by the Bucs anymore. Still, a yellow jersey would be pretty nice. Many fans on Twitter were in favor of a new jersey of that color at the end of last season, once they caught a glimpse of the Oakland A’s yellow threads.

MLB Free Agency: Open for Business

Josh Hamilton is one of the top free agents this offseason. (Keith Allison/Creative Commons)

Free agency is officially underway in Major League Baseball. The Pirates probably won’t make a big splash, but could add depth at some point this offseason. Here are a few links to get you started on this year’s ‘Hot Stove’:

– Many teams made qualifying offers to their top free agents. If the player rejects the offer and signs somewhere else, the team receives a compensation draft pick.

– Dan Haren was reportedly involved in a deal that would have sent him to the Cubs in exchange for Carlos Marmol. However, the proposed trade was called off. The Angels then declined Haren’s option, and he’s now a free agent.

– David Ortiz is close to signing a new two-year deal with the Red Sox.

– Video:’s Jim Duquette breaks down the top free agents.

– Dave Schoenfield of takes a look at the top 10 storylines of the offseason.

– Stay up-to-date with’s Hot Stove Tracker.

– You can predict where players will land with’s Free Agent Frenzy.

Around the League:
– Major League Baseball donated $1 million for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
– The Astros unveiled their new uniforms.
– The Marlins hired Mike Redmond to be their new manager.
– The Dodgers may hire Mark McGwire to be their hitting coach.