This is a new strategy for the Pirates' front office. In recent years, they have laid low early in the free agency period in an attempt to wait out any potential targets. Combined with the firing of John Russell, this tells me the organization is planning to make a strong push to significantly improve the win-loss record in 2011. That may or may not be the correct strategy at this point, considering the team needs to improve by at least 30 wins to contend for the postseason. But that is another post for another day.
UPDATE (11/8/2010, 5:45 PM): Heyman supported the tweet in his column this morning, adding a name.
Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.