The Pirates are interested in Hardy and Bartlett and are in a favorable position.

Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have an interest in shortstops J.J. Hardy from Minnesota, and Jason Bartlett from Tampa Bay.  Morosi also mentions that the Pirates may have caught a break in the shortstop market, as the San Francisco Giants recently signed Miguel Tejada, and the St. Louis Cardinals traded for Ryan Theriot.

You probably know my take on Bartlett by now.  I don't think he would be an upgrade over Ronny Cedeno, due to his declining defensive skills, and the unlikely chance that he repeats his 2009 career year at the plate.  I do think Hardy would be a strong upgrade for the Pirates, all due to his defensive value.

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