-P- There appears to be lots of interest in the Pirates:
-P- Here's an amusing chat from the Stats Geek, who appears to be losing his mind:
Stats Geek: I blame the parents.
-P- John Perrotto says the Pirates aren't going to pick up a lot of talent at the deadline:
Taveras? Ugh. Scott, I don't know. He's 28 and has hardly played his way out of the minor leagues. He's racked up some impressive numbers there the past few years, but unlike Ryan Shealy, he didn't have great numbers in his earlier stints in the minors, and he wasn't at all impressive in his first taste of major-league action last year, so you have to wonder if the huge numbers at AAA are just the result of his beating up on less experienced pitching.
-P- The Angels may be interested in Sean Casey:
"On a depth issue, there's certainly more need at first base now than there was last week," [Angels manager Mike] Scioscia said. "It's something we're looking at."
The Pittsburgh Pirates have made it clear that Sean Casey is available, though Casey isn't the hitter he once was.