About Cedeno, Karstens, Hardy

MLBTR has some info here about the Pirates' tenders and non-tenders, and about Lastings Milledge:

Milledge could be welcomed back "if we think it's the right fit for the team, and he thinks it's the right fit for him," said Neal Huntington. The Pirates GM said he couldn't work out a contract with Milledge before the non-tender deadline and "began to explore alternatives" to fill Milledge's corner outfield spot. Two options are Jack Cust and Matt Diaz, both of whom were non-tendered themselves by the A's and Braves, respectively.

As I mentioned in another thread, I truly hope we do not sign Jack Cust - I think he's an absolute butcher in the field. Would it be as part of a platoon with GFJ? Ugh.

I wouldn't mind having Diaz, though - I think he'd be a better fit.

Regarding Hardy (also MLBTR), it appears Neal Huntington has made inroads to getting him:

The Pirates were close to a trade for J.J. Hardy on Thursday night, reports Ken Rosenthal of Pittsburgh is known to have an interest in Hardy and could still work out a deal given that the Twins tendered Hardy a contract.

I think it's pretty much a consensus that we'd like to have Hardy on the Pirates, which would relegate Ronny C. to utility infielder, a role in which he'd be perfectly capable.

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