Dejan Kovacevic has an update from the Winter Meetings, looking at some news and rumors on the internal trade possibilities:
-Kovacevic says that the Pirates would love to trade Ryan Doumit. That should come as no surprise, since Doumit will make $5.1 M next year as a backup, and potential right fielder. He mentions the Pirates would have to pick up salary in any trade, unless another team sees Doumit as a legit option in the outfield.
-The Pirates are not shopping Evan Meek or Joel Hanrahan, but would be willing to part with one of the two relievers if the right offer is made. Kovacevic mentions that the right offer would probably include a young starting pitcher coming back to the Pirates, since that is their primary aim (and Kovacevic mentions it won’t be easy).
-He mentions that they continue to discuss shortstops with many teams, including J.J. Hardy with the Twins.