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Insider Only MLB: Pirates zeroing in on Angels shortstop Brandon Wood?

Pirates eyeing competition for Ronny Cedeno?

It has been no secret that the Pirates are seeking competition at the shortstop position, dating back to last off-season with their pursuit of J.J Hardy and Jason Bartlett.
According to Bob Nightengale of the USA Today, the Pirates are among the teams who are “all over” Angels shortstop Brandon Wood who was designated for assignment on Tuesday night.
We have not been able to confirm that the Pirates interest is “serious” but they are looking at Wood as a possible waiver claim.
Wood’s numbers in the majors have been awful, batting .168 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI’s in 464 career at-bats.
In 14 at-bats in 2011, Wood is batting .143 with 0 homers and RBI’s to go along with 8 strikeouts.
Wood, 26, has bounced around the majors for five seasons, seeing his most extensive action last season, appearing in a career high 81 games, hitting .146 with 4 home runs and 14 RBI’s in 226 at-bats.
He had 71 strikeouts and just 6 walks.
Wood has the ability to play third base and 1st base, to go along with his primary position of shortstop.
Some evaluators say that he needs time to develop with a young rebuilding team but for the short-term, wouldn’t provide an upgrade over Ronny Cedeno.

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William DePaoli

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William DePaoli is the President/Founder of Inside Pittsburgh Sports LLC and can be reached at wdepaoli@insidepittsburghsports.com

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