– The Buccos have brought in left-hander Jo-Jo Reyes, signing him to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Although he had success in the minors, Reyes has never posted an ERA under 5.57 in the big leagues. Despite his poor numbers, he still has some upside since he is just 27 years of age and can hit 90 MPH on the gun. He could intrigue the Pirates as a reliever since Tony Watson and Daniel Moskos are the only current southpaws in the bullpen.
– According to Dejan Kovacevic, the Pirates have had discussions with Paul Maholm, but it is still highly unlikely that he returns to Pittsburgh. I would not mind bringing in another starting pitcher in case someone goes down in spring training, or if Charlie Morton is not ready to start the season. At one point, the Pirates were prioritizing a starter, but it is unclear if they are still pursuing pitching depth.
– Neal Huntington also said that the Bucs have been tracking Cuban prospect Yoenis Cespedes for years, although they aren’t considered to be frontrunners to sign him. I can’t see a small market team acquiring a prized prospect like Cespedes, since I think a big team like the Yankees will offer him a substantial amount of cash that is out of the Pirates price range.
– In addition to Reyes, the Pirates have also signed RHP Logan Kensing to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. Kensing will most likely start the year at Indianapolis and provide organizational depth, although he could appear in Pittsburgh if a few relievers get injured.
– Ken Rosenthal reported that the Pirates have expressed interest in A.J. Burnett. However, he is guaranteed a huge contract for the next two seasons which could be a problem.
– We are now exactly 3 months from Opening Day 2012, which is just 90 days away.
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