BOSTON, MA - SEPTEMBER 14: Mark Teahen #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays scores a run in the eighth inning as catcher Jason Varitek #33 of the Boston Red Sox cuts off the throw and pitcher Daniel Bard #51 of the Red Sox backs up the play at Fenway Park on September 14, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Blue Jays won 5-4. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
Rob Biertempfel's offseason preview mostly just seems like spitballing at this point. At least I hope it is, because Biertempfel says Garrett Jones will probably be non-tendered, which doesn't make much sense at all for a Pirates team desperate for power. It's doubly weird given that Biertempfel says later in the article that Matt Hague will get a crack at the first-base job. If the Pirates find that they need to go with the available options at first, then Jones and Hague would make a sensible platoon.
The article features a bunch of names that have already come up in posts here and elsewhere - Ramon Hernandez, Rod Barajas, Edwin Jackson, Carlos Pena, Jeff Francis, Gerald Laird. Biertempfel does add one new name in Jason Varitek, which makes little sense to me, unless the Pirates want to evoke fond memories of Benito Santiago's illustrious Bucs tenure. Varitek will be 40 in April, is rarely healthy, and hasn't been a win above replacement since 2007. (And of course we'll have to see if a decorated player like Varitek really wants to end his career in Pittsburgh.)
Oh, and then there's this:
Last summer, the Pirates mulled a trade that would have sent pitcher Brad Lincoln to the New York Yankees for catcher Francisco Cervelli. The Yankees still are willing to deal Cervelli, who has a history of concussions. But the Pirates might not have enough pitching to swing a deal -- even if they change their minds and pick up Paul Maholm's $9.75 million option.
I'll ignore the last part of the last sentence and focus on the first. I can think of few things sadder than wanting to trade for Francisco Cervelli (because he constitutes some sort of upgrade at catcher) and being unable to do so because you don't have enough pitching. Yikes.
These articles are really depressing me.