A few days remaining until the trade deadline. Here are the rumors from Saturday.
**Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the trade buzz surrounding Shane Victorino has picked up. Salisbury names the Pirates, Reds, Dodgers, and Giants as teams who are interested and who are currently scouting Victorino.
**Jayson Stark of ESPN.com notes that the Pirates are portraying themselves as a team that is content with Starling Marte, and that might not deal for a bat. Stark quotes one executive who says to "watch out for the Pirates and Phillies". That definitely adds to the Shane Victorino rumors, although Stark mentions Hunter Pence as a possibility for the Pirates. Stark notes that the Phillies have scouted the Pirates' system extensively.
**Stark also reports that the Pirates are losing enthusiasm for Chase Headley. He notes that they'd have to move one of Headley or Alvarez to first base if a deal was done in July. That wouldn't be good timing in the middle of a playoff race,...
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