The Pirates are involved in trade talks for Hardy and Bartlett.
A lot of updates today on the two top shortstops available on the market, J.J. Hardy and Jason Bartlett, with the Pittsburgh Pirates involved with both players.
The J.J. Hardy sweepstakes seems to be down to the Baltimore Orioles and the Pirates. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports reports that both teams are still in, and that Cesar Izturis is an option for Baltimore if they miss out on Hardy. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun mentioned that the Orioles and Twins were in serious negotiations, and that the negotiations included two minor league pitchers, with one of those being Brett Jacobson. However, Kelsie Smith of the Pioneer Press reports that a deal is unlikely to be reached today, and no players have been defined between the two teams. Brittany Ghiroli also mentions that the talks were never close today between the two teams.
As for Jacobson, he's a relief pitching prospect who is 23 years old, throws in the 92-9...
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