Catching up on some Pittsburgh Pirates trade rumors today.
**Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Pirates, Reds, Indians and others have expressed interest in Carlos Quentin of the San Diego Padres. We've heard the Pirates connected to Quentin before. Heyman mentions that the Padres would have to get a return that would be better than a compensation pick, although I don't think Quentin would be a candidate for a pick. In order to get a pick, Quentin would have to turn down a qualifying offer, which would give him about a $5 M raise over his salary this year.
**Rob Biertempfel reports that the Diamondbacks have been scouting Indianapolis for a wish list for Justin Upton, while the Padres have been scouting West Virginia for Quentin. He also says that both teams have shown interest in Brad Lincoln....
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