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First Pitch: Which Reliever Should Be the Odd Man Out?

First Pitch: Which Reliever Should Be the Odd Man Out?

I've written about how the Pittsburgh Pirates have eight relievers for seven bullpen spots. They have a little over one week remaining, and as long as everyone stays healthy, they'll have a tough decision to make. Earlier this week, we heard that the Pirates were listening on Vin Mazzaro. Today there were two more rumors talking about relievers other than Mazzaro.

Ken Davidoff reports that two industry sources say that the Pirates would deal Bryan Morris or Jeanmar Gomez, although they're more protective of Gomez due to his ability to start. Meanwhile, Chris Cotillo says that the Pirates really like Morris.

https://twitter.com/ChrisCotillo/status/446753637927510016

Stolmy Pimentel's name hasn't been mentioned by anyone, but that's not a surprise. Everyone I've talked to in the organization seems really excited by Pimentel, and I think he's got an inside track for a bullpen spot, with the possibility of being a starter if needed.

It seems like the decision is between Mazzaro...

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