The Seattle Post Intelligencer is reporting Seattle Mariners GM Bill Bavasi has made another "final" offer to the Pittsburgh Pirates regarding Ian Snell. Bavasi has also made "final" offers to Minnesota for Santana and Baltimore for Bedard. He is quoted as saying, "I don't think the offers will be beaten. Either they come here, or (those teams) will keep their players."
Bavasi was also quoted as saying, "We're talking about a real rare animal. For us, the most important thing is a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher. Not a No. 2 or No. 3 or No. 4. But there is a limit to what we will move."
There is no mention in the article who may have been offered.
This is likely the best offer the Pirates will receive for Snell. If nothing else, Snell should feel honored to be mentioned in the same breath as Santana. If multiple top prospects are part of the deal, Huntington should seriously consider saying yes. This could explain the rash of experienced former MLB starters signed recently to Minor League contracts the last few days. I actually somewhat expect this deal to happen, although I will miss Ian. I'll give it a 50% chance.
The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting emails have been sent between the Pirates Huntington and Padre' GM Towers regarding Nady recently. Towers is quoted as saying, “We've exchanged a few more e-mails with the Pirates on Nady, but I don't know if we match up very well for a trade.”
This deal has a much lower probability of happening. Wait, Towers is involved? Let me rescind that statement. Towers is known to use the press to help insight trades. If nothing else, this may get more discussions happening between the Pads and the Pirates. Anyone but Towers and this would be less than a 10% chance of happening. With Towers commenting in the media, I'll give it a 25% probability.