A few rumors from John Perrotto earlier this evening via Twitter:
-The Pirates are interested in Mark DeRosa on a minor league deal, according to Perrotto. We heard that they checked on him last week. Perrotto adds that he is believed to be looking for a major league deal somewhere, and that the Pirates would view him as a contingency plan if Pedro Alvarez struggles again.
-The Pirates like the idea of signing Nate McLouth because they don't feel that Gorkys Hernandez is ready for the majors....
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