Jayson Stark has a lot of trade discussions this morning, including a few mentions of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stark mentions that "if there's a hitter who might have even a remote short of getting traded, the Pirates have asked about him". That shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who has seen the numerous names linked to the Pirates on the trade market.
Stark mentions that the Pirates took a run at Billy Butler from Kansas City. He mentioned that the Pirates are still in a "buy-low" frame of mind, and that the Royals have told clubs they'd have to be blown away to deal Butler. The first baseman is under team control through 2015, making $8 M a year the next two years, with a $12.5 M option in 2015. He would likely require one top prospect, plus a Grade B prospect.
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