Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports that the Pirates and the Red Sox are both "sniffing on" San Diego Padres reliever Luke Gregerson.

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Gregerson has a 2.91 ERA in 43.1 innings this year, with an 8.1 K/9 and a 1.9 BB/9 ratio. Those numbers are in line with his career numbers. He's been a dominant reliever throughout his career, and has a year of control remaining. He's making $3.2 M this year, and is eligible for arbitration one more time in 2014.

The fact that the Pirates are "sniffing" at Gregerson doesn't necessarily mean they're actively pursuing him. In fact, the Pirates never pay for relievers, so dealing for an established guy would be an extreme change in their approach. The bullpen hasn't been an issue this year...

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