The Pirates are looking for bullpen upgrades to join Hanrahan.
Three bullpen rumors this afternoon, since it seems like the Pirates are serious about upgrading that area of the team:
-Ken Rosenthal reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are eyeing Baltimore Orioles reliever Koji Uehara. Uehara has been excellent this year, with a 1.84 ERA in 44 innings, along with a tremendous 58:8 K/BB ratio. He's also proven that he can start, with a 4.05 ERA in 66.2 innings over 12 starts in 2009, with a 6.5 K/9 and a 1.9 BB/9 ratio. One downside is that he has a $4 M 2012 option that vests with 55 appearances. He currently has 40, and would be a near lock to reach 55 this year, which would leave the Pirates on the hook for a $4 M reliever in 2012. That might not be as bad if they use him as a s...
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