Will There Be A Trade This Weekend?

PITTSBURGH - MAY 23: Ryan Doumit #41 of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits a game winning home run in the 10th inning off of Takashi Saito #40 of the Atlanta Braves during the game on May 23, 2010 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Tim Williams has a weird little idea. Since the Pirates officially signed Kevin Correia right around 5:00 PM on Friday, they don't have to clear a roster spot for him until business starts again on Monday. But why do they need that time? It won't help them learn much of anything about players who might be on the bubble (Chris Leroux? Joe Martinez?). So Tim thinks the Pirates could trade a major-leaguer, perhaps Ryan Doumit, for prospects before then.

It might not mean anything, and even if Tim is right about the Pirates' plan, it's far from certain they'll be able to execute it - the Pirates have wanted to trade Doumit for at least a month, and probably way longer than that. That's no secret. But this is something to keep our eyes on.

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