MLB notebook: Record crowd attends PirateFest
By Staff and Wire Reports
Published: Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 7:16 p.m.
The Pirates drew nearly 17,000 people to the three-day PirateFest event at David L. Lawrence Convention Center, their largest crowd in three years.
On Sunday, the team announced the attendance was 16,986 — 400 more than last year and the largest crowd since the organization moved the event to the Downtown convention center in 2003. The previous high attendance mark at the convention center was 16,839 set two years ago.
“The strong show of support from our fans this weekend has been unbelievable. We cannot express enough the appreciation, everyone within the organization has for our fans enthusiastic and passionate support,” Pirates president Frank Connelly said. “Our players are encouraged and energized by the support and are determined to bring postseason baseball back to Pittsburgh in 2013.”
Dickey extension last piece in trade
The only thing holding up National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey being traded from the Mets to the Blue Jays is a contract extension, unnamed sources told FoxSports.com.
The report said Dickey has until 2 p.m. Tuesday to agree to an extension.
There's a tentative agreement in place to send the knuckleballer to Toronto, according to several media reports. Blue Jays catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud would be the centerpiece coming to New York in any deal. The Mets also likely would acquire catcher John Buck, Single-A right-hander Noah Syndergaard and cash while sending catcher Josh Thole to Toronto.
Padres interested in Jackson
Free-agent starter Edwin Jackson was in contact with the Padres, CBSSports.com reported.
Jackson and the Padres are negotiating a three-year contract, according to ESPN.com
The 29-year-old had a 4.03 ERA for the Nationals last season.
Angels may trade Wells, Morales
The Angels want to keep outfielders Peter Bourjos and Mark Trumbo and trade designated hitter Kendrys Morales and outfielder Vernon Wells, sources told FoxSports.com.
The sources say the Yankees, Phillies and Rays are among possible destinations for Wells. Morales could be heading to the Rays or Indians.
Jones signs with Japanese team
Five-time All-Star outfielder Andruw Jones finalized a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.
The 35-year-old became a free agent after spending the past two seasons with the Yankees. He batted. 197 with 14 home runs last season.
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