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.
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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