MLB Network Discusses Pirates’ Offseason Wish List

The Pirates got some air time on MLB Network on Friday, as Billy Ripken, Mitch Williams, and Ahmed Fareed talked about the Bucs’ offseason wish list on MLB Tonight.

Here’s a video we captured of the segment:

*Sorry for the poor audio quality; you may need to turn up the volume.

They focused on three areas: shortstop, corner outfield, and starting pitcher.

At shortstop, Bill Ripken feels the Pirates should stick with Clint Barmes. Mitch Williams, on the other hand, suggested acquiring Dee Gordon from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ripken went out on a limb and decided he wants to Bucs to make a run at Josh Hamilton, who is the most prized outfielder on the market. “This big man patrolling the outfield with McCutchen out there and with Marte out there; you got the possibility of having one of the best outfields in all of baseball,” he said. Ripken went on to say, “I don’t know if they can pull the trigger… He would look good in the black and gold.” Williams stated that he’d rather stick with Marte and Snider at the corners.

As for a starting pitcher, Ripken suggests Edwin Jackson, and Williams likes Ryan Dempster in the Bucco rotation.

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.