Pirates Could Make Serious Bid For B.J. Upton

We’ve heard today that Jason Kubel is the top target for the Pittsburgh Pirates, although the Twins don’t want to deal their outfielder, who becomes a free agent after the 2011 season.  Jon Paul Morosi reports that if Kubel is truly off the market, he anticipates the Pirates to make a serious play for outfielder B.J. Upton.  We heard earlier today from Jon Heyman that Upton appeared likely to stay put, although he added that the Pirates were one of the teams still kicking the tires.  With Ryan Ludwick expected to go to the Cleveland Indians, the Pirates’ only choice for an outfielder might be Upton, unless they want to revive the Josh Willingham talks.

UPDATE 2:20 PM: Morosi updates that some front office people around the game are beginning to think Upton stays with the Rays.  However, he adds that he thinks Upton will be dealt, due to the interest in him right now.

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  • Anonymous

    Upton could be a decent pickup