— The Pirates right now see their open left field job as a competition among Adam Frazier, Jordan Luplow and Sean Rodriguez. Obviously, a rebuilding team should seriously consider giving a starting a corner outfield job to a soon-to-be 33-year-old utility with a career OPS+ of 89 who’s coming off a major shoulder injury. Oh, well. At least Luplow should have a chance to win the job with a good spring. And Daniel Nava appears to be in line for no more than a fourth outfielder role. Neal Huntington said the team is still open to signing a free agent outfielder if it can get one cheaply enough. (That may not have been his exact phrasing.)
— Clint Hurdle said he hopes Colin Moran will take hold of the third base job and keep it, although I’ll be darned if I can figure out where I saw that. That’s certainly better than the ominous references to David Freese as the starter. Hurdle also strongly implied that Joe Musgrove would likely get the remaining rotation spot, which is no surprise.
Hurdle on Joe Musgrove: "We'd like to plug him in the rotation and let him run with it."— Liz Bloom (@BloomPG) February 14, 2018
— Daniel Hudson is out with an ankle injury:
Daniel Hudson did not throw today after spraining his right ankle while running.— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) February 14, 2018
— Some prominent free agents made their way to Bradenton recently, but it wasn’t to work out for the Pirates. The MLBPA opened a training camp for the legion of unsigned free agents at the IMG Academy, a training facility that happens to be in Bradenton. That apparently led to an interesting incident:
From a club executive: “A special assistant to the General Manager was asked to leave the workout (of unsigned free agents) today at IMG. Was escorted out. I cannot believe the players wouldn't want scouts at their workout to see who's in shape.”— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 14, 2018
Given the location of the facility, you have to wonder whether the Pirates didn’t send somebody over to try to get a line on which free agents looked the most desperate.