Winter Meetings Day 2: All’s pretty much quiet

With one day of the winter meetings behind us, there wasn't much action on the Pittsburgh Pirate front. In a press conference at the end of the day, Neal Huntington admitted that Joel Hanrahan's probably not as valuable on the trade market now as he was six months ago (this is kind of common sense, of course, though it's not like they could've done anything given their position at the trade deadline last year).

Thus far, the Pirates have really only been linked to non-tendered pitchers (John Lannan, Manny Parra, Tom Gorzelanny, Jair Jurrjens, Mike Pelfrey). It was almost a foregone conclusion that the Pirates would be interested in Pelfrey and Jurrjens since they're talented guys that aren't too old, have had success in the big leagues, have somewhat of a penchant for getting groundballs (Pelfrey more than Jurrjens), and have also battled some pretty serious arm that lead to their non-tenders. The problem, of course, is that both pitchers worked up big inning counts early in their careers and have slowly slid into mediocrity with injuries. Pelfrey's had serious shoulder problems and Jurrjens has had knee problems and lost quite a bit of velocity. I don't think either one is anywhere near a sure thing to contribute in 2012. 

In any case, I'll again put updates (if there are any) in this post and any really big news will get a post of its own throughout the day. Maybe today will be more interesting than yesterday, but if Huntington's to be believed, it probably won't be.

Pat Lackey

About Pat Lackey

In 2005, I started a WHYGAVS instead of working on organic chemistry homework. Many years later, I've written about baseball and the Pirates for a number of sites all across the internet, but WHYGAVS is still my home. I still haven't finished that O-Chem homework, though.

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