Pirates Trade Rumors: Bucs Could Pursue Catcher, Lefty Reliever

Jon Heyman writes that the Pirates would like to find a catcher and a lefty reliever. I'm not sure where he got that, but it certainly makes sense. The catcher would, I assume, be a waiver-bait type of player who would take the place of Jose Morales. Rod Barajas, Michael McKenry and Eric Fryer are all fine, so I assume the Pirates would just want a bit more depth. They can use a lefty reliever too, obviously, since I assume they'll want to break camp with at least one (well, hopefully just one) and none of the ones they have are all that appealing. I'd be fine with Tony Watson as the only lefty, but I also wouldn't mind having more depth.

A couple of the replies to Heyman's tweet are hysterical, incidentally.

How about McCutcheon for J Flores and R Detwiler from #Nats?

A trade of C Brian Schneider and LHP Raul Valdes, for 2B Neil Walker, would help both the Phillies and Bucs.

As Sir Walter Scott might say, "We leave without comment."

-P- Incidentally, Watson pitched a scoreless inning in the Pirates' 8-6 loss to the Rays today, but fellow lefties Daniel Moskos and Doug Slaten both allowed runs. Yamaico Navarro went 3-for-4 with a homer and Barajas went 2-for-3 with a homer. Pedro Alvarez went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.

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