PIRATES CONFIDENT THEY WILL ADD A BAT
Less than six hours until the trade deadline and the Pirates have a lot of cards in play. The team continues their pursuit of adding a bat and there seems to be confidence in the organization of getting a deal done today for a bat. The Pirates have also been considering deals for a starter and in the bullpen after losing out on reliever Brian Wilson.
Here's some latest rumblings:
*Talks between the Pirates and White Sox have not fallen apart for Alex Rios but as of last night there continued to be no movement between the two sides. As expected, money has been a "major" sticking point, according to sources. Things though can change with one phone call.
*There has been some whispers in the past couple days of the Pirates not ruling out making an aggressive play for Mets RF Marlon Byrd in the final hours leading up to the deadline. If the Mets move Byrd, the sense has been it would be right at the deadline and the Mets asking price is enormous, an A-level prospect. The Pirates landing Byrd would be a surprise to many in the industry but they've been kicking the tires on Byrd for about a week now.