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Pirates Option Bixler, DFA Duffy and Osoria

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Some trade fallout: In order to make room for Andy LaRoche, Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss, the Bucs have optioned Brian Bixler back to Indianapolis and designated Chris Duffy and Franquelis Osoria for assignment. Bixler doesn't surprise me--he didn't serve an obvious purpose on the major league team--and Osoria is out the door because he performed badly and has no real upside. Duffy is mildly surprising, if only because you have to wonder what Ronald Belisario has to do to get DFAed. Still, it's no big deal. I'm sure someone will scoop Duffy up, and he may even make his way back and have a short career as a bench outfielder, but it wasn't going to happen with the Pirates, who now have approximately a thousand young outfield options.