Ken Rosenthal had the following tweet this morning about the Pittsburgh Pirates and Shane Victorino.

https://twitter.com/Ken_Rosenthal/status/229924210724712448

As Rosenthal notes, things could change between now and tomorrow's deadline. The news is a bit surprising, as we've heard the Pirates connected to Victorino a lot this summer. Of course, on the other side of those talks, Jeff Passan reports that the Phillies are more aggressive in dealing Hunter Pence than they are Victorino. The Phillies are looking to unload some salary next year, and by dealing Pence they'd be getting rid of $3.7 M this year, and upwards of $14 M next year. Victorino is a free agent following the season, so he would have zero impact on reducing next year's payroll....

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