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Bullpen Rumors: Uehara, Grilli, Bell, Adams, Qualls

Bullpen Rumors: Uehara, Grilli, Bell, Adams, Qualls

The Pirates are looking for bullpen upgrades to join Hanrahan.

Three bullpen rumors this afternoon, since it seems like the Pirates are serious about upgrading that area of the team:

-Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are eyeing Baltimore Orioles reliever Koji Uehara.  Uehara has been excellent this year, with a 1.84 ERA in 44 innings, along with a tremendous 58:8 K/BB ratio.  He's also proven that he can start, with a 4.05 ERA in 66.2 innings over 12 starts in 2009, with a 6.5 K/9 and a 1.9 BB/9 ratio.  One downside is that he has a $4 M 2012 option that vests with 55 appearances.  He currently has 40, and would be a near lock to reach 55 this year, which would leave the Pirates on the hook for a $4 M reliever in 2012.  That might not be as bad if they use him as a starting option.

-Rosenthal also reports that the Pirates could soon be acquiring Jason Grilli from the Philadelphia Phillies.  Grilli is on a minor league contract with the Phillies, and has receiv...

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