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Morosi: Pirates, Padres In Talks About Paul Maholm

The Pirates are in talks to trade Paul Maholm to the Padres, Jon Paul Morosi reports. Earlier today, Dejan Kovacevic quoted Neal Huntington saying the Pirates could trade a starter. UPDATE: Buster Olney tweets that the Bucs and Padres are "making progress" on a deal. UPDATE: Scott Miller of CBS Sports writes that the Mets could be involved here as well. UPDATE: Kovacevic has a big update that essentially says the Pirates want a major-league-ready starting pitcher for Maholm. We'll see what happens, but that would be a very dumb demand to cling to. Maholm is reliable, but he's not that good, and so if the Padres had a major-league-ready pitching prospect, it would make sense for them to just put that guy in their rotation rather than trading him for Maholm. Under Dave Littlefield, we saw that what usually happens when you seek major-league-ready talent for your mediocre veterans is that you just get a younger player who's even more mediocre. Think here of Matt Lawton for Jody Gerut. The loss of Maholm would put a pretty sizable hole in the rotation, but filling it would be less important than getting upside. Otherwise, you might as well just forget about trading Maholm. Kovacevic's report makes me think it's less likely the Pirates will deal Maholm. Last week there was a report that the Rangers asked about Joel Hanrahan, and the Pirates wanted Neftali Feliz in return. Feliz plays the same position as Hanrahan and is much younger and arguably already better, so I basically read that as, "Forget it, you're not getting Hanrahan." The Pirates might be doing the same thing here, asking for good young starting pitchers for an older starting pitcher, even though they know there's no reason for another team to make a trade like that. I wonder if they're thinking they're not going to deal Maholm unless some other GM is willing to get ripped off. Obviously, that's all complete speculation on my part. UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi say the Pirates might be working on a deal for catcher Chris Snyder. I assume this is unrelated to the Maholm stuff. I wouldn't mind acquiring Snyder, who would be a nice temp until Tony Sanchez arrives - he's like Ryan Doumit in that he can hit a bit, but he also plays better defense than Doumit does. I'm not sure what would happen to Doumit if the Pirates traded for Snyder; Doumit's trade value right now can't be high.

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