BRADENTON, Fla. -- There are just eight days remaining in spring training for the Pirates. The club will play its final game of the Grapefruit League on April 1st against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin before kicking off two exhibition games against the Philadelphia Phillies on April 2nd and 3rd.

After optioning Jordy Mercer to Triple-A, and reassigning non-roster invites Shairon Martis, Jose Morales, Jo-Jo Reyes and Doug Slaten on Saturday, the Pirates still have 34 active players at big league camp.

The Pirates have until Opening Day to have their 25-man roster set, so the final week of spring training could be interesting for the club.

"The conversations definitely pick up the last week in spring training in general," Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said. "As clubs st...

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