Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates are casting a wide net for relief pitching help, mentioning that Jason Frasor, Octavio Dotel, and Koji Uehara are all on the list, as well as a dozen others. This is the first we’ve heard that the Pirates were interested in acquiring Frasor, although over the off-season we heard them mentioned as being interested in bringing Dotel back. We’ve also recently heard that they were interested in Uehara, among other relievers. The relief pitching market is flooded, and is a buyer’s market right now. That could allow the Pirates to get a strong bullpen arm without having to give up much in return.
Morosi also adds that the Pirates are looking for a bat, but aren’t close to anything.
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