The Pittsburgh Pirates are moving closer to deals with infielder Wilson Betemit and outfielder Nate McLouth, according to Rob Biertempfel.  We've heard about their interest in McLouth for the last two days. We've also heard that the Pirates are looking for contingency plans if Pedro Alvarez struggles again this year, which is where Betemit comes in. He hit for a .285/.343/.452 line in 323 at-bats last year between Detroit and Kansas City. Betemit has primarily played third base in his career, but has also played first, second, short, left and right field.

Jenifer Langosch says that the team is close to a deal with McLouth, which is believed to be a one year deal. Langosch mentions that McLouth could compete with Alex Presley for a starting outfield role, although Presley could be given ...

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