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Pirates Had a Scout Watching Matt Garza

Pirates Had a Scout Watching Matt Garza

Jon Morosi of Fox Sports has an update on Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza, who has been one of the biggest names on the trade market this year. Morosi says that five teams had scouts at Garza's last start. The Texas Rangers had two scouts watching Garza, while four other teams had one each. The Pirates were one of those teams with a scout in attendance.

This is the time of year where a scout being in attendance usually sparks a trade rumor. The truth is that a scout in attendance doesn't necessarily mean a team is interested in trading for a guy, and it definitely doesn't mean you should pencil that guy in any future rotations or lineups. Morosi notes that the Padres were in attendance, but look like sellers at the deadline. He also says that the Blue Jays were in attendance, but are probably more interested in Garza as a free agent after the season.

As far as the Pirates, he says they don't have an urgent need for rotation help with A.J. Burnett back, although they coul...

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