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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