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Pirates Looking For a Left-Handed Reliever

Pirates Looking For a Left-Handed Reliever

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been connected to a lot of relievers, and a lot of left-handed relievers. We've heard them connected to Andrew Miller of the Red Sox, Antonio Bastardo of the Phillies, and a loose connection to Oliver Perez of the Diamondbacks. Jon Morosi says that the team continues to look for lefty relievers.

https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/494173015601840128

This is the first time that we've specifically heard they're looking for left-handers. Previously it was just assumed that was their approach, due to all of the left-handers who were popping up in the rumors.

There's two ways you could look at this. One is that they might just want three left-handers in the bullpen, especially because Tony Watson is now the set-up man, and isn't used as a left-hander normally would be used in middle relief. The other way is that they might be looking to replace Justin Wilson, who is having a down year. Wilson has a 4.62 ERA, and while his 4.13 xFIP suggests that should ...

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