Good Morning Cardinal Nation,
Here’s what I have for you this morning:
— As we wrote yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox are reportedly close to a deal that would send closer Joel Hanrahan to Boston. In return, the Pirates would get prospect Jerry Sands and minor-league RHP Stolmy Pimental. Jason Grilli will become the Pirates closer next season. It’s not entirely clear to me what the Pirates are doing. First they overpaid (in my opinion) for three-time All-Star Russell Martin, then they trade their All-Star closer in Hanrahan. After great starts over the last couple of seasons followed by second-half collapses, it does not seem to me as if the 2013 team will achieve any more success than this organization has found over the past twenty years.
— Cody Ross signed a three-year deal with the Arizona Diamondbacks worth $26 million.
— Paul Hoynes writes that the Cleveland Indians might be interested in signing Kyle Lohse
— Troy Renck discusses the possibility of the Colorado Rockies trading Troy Tulowitzki. Listen, if the Rockies are in last place come the All-Star Break this year, and the Cardinals are struggling to find some depth up the middle, I know a plethora of pitching prospects that the Rockies might be interested in for the two-time All-Star. Of course, Tulowitzki was out for the majority of 2012 with an injury to his left groin, limiting him to only 47 games. It will be interesting to see if he can come back and give the same type (more or less) of 30 HR-100 RBI production that he had for his three previous seasons.
— Lastly, there is sad news about former Cincinnati Reds player Ryan Freel, who died in an apparent suicide on Saturday. May he rest in peace.