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Pirates Looking at Red Sox Relievers

The list of relievers that the Pittsburgh Pirates are tracking continues to grow. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston says that the Pittsburgh Pirates are following Red Sox relievers. The Pirates have two scouts watching the Red Sox, and plan to scout them through the trade deadline. They had two scouts for the Jon Lester start the other night, which is a reminder that it’s always difficult to know the main focus for those scouts in attendance.

Edes mentions that Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop, and Craig Breslow can all become free agents at the end of the season. He also mentions Felix Doubront and Edward Mujica as guys who are having down years.

It seems that the Pirates are casting a wide net for their relief pitching search. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them add a reliever before the deadline, although I think they will go for a seventh inning guy, rather than going the “Proven Closer” route and getting a high priced, big name 8th inning guy or closer.

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  • Van_Wilder_0812

    I’ve always liked Craig Breslow. He’s always been more of a lefty specialist though if I’m not mistaken.

  • marty34156

    Bucs only need a 2 starters, a reliever, a righty bench bat, a SS, and a third baseman. Team is going nowhere.

    • Dan Muccino

      Most of that is entirely false. Gerrit Cole, Josh Harrison, and Jordy Mercer meet half of those requirements.

    • jaygray007

      How is the team going nowhere? They have as much a shot at the pennant as anyone else.

      • piratemike

        wrong

        • jaygray007

          i guess i haven’t checked playoff probabilities over the last few days. either way, to say the “team is going nowhere” is a little overdramatic as well. that’s what made me respond.

    • leowalter

      A little exaggeration maybe ? If Cole is ready to go,they MAY need one starter, one middle reliever and could use a right hand bench bat. But SS and third base ? Are you a Brewers or a Cardinal fan ?

  • SportOMania

    I like Doubront because I still believe he has a lot of upside and can be used as a starter through 2017.

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