– It has been said that the Pirates are still looking to bring in a utility infielder. A few experienced infielders still on the market include Orlando Cabrera, Adam Everett, Craig Counsell, Ryan Theriot, Miguel Tejada, and former Bucco Jack Wilson. None of these names excite us, especially since there are plenty of younger internal options (Harrison, d’Arnaud, Navarro, etc.), and it will cost a decent amount to bring in one of these utility guys.
– The Pirates have decided not to scout RHP Vicente Padilla. The 34 year old has been hitting an impressive 95 to 96 mph on the gun in winter ball.
– Paul Maholm has signed a 1yr/4.75mil deal with the Chicago Cubs. Although the Cubs are one of our least favorite teams, we hope Paul does well in 2012 and we look forward to seeing him at PNC Park in 2012.
– The Pirates have signed LHP Doug Slaten to a minor league contract. Slaten pitched just 16 1/3 innings for Washington in 2011 due to elbow problems. He was non-tendered by the Nationals last month and also had minor league offers from the Brewers and Rangers.