GM Neal Huntington wants to open the season with Garrett Jones on his ball club, but following the Francisco Liriano signing that will become official when Liriano passes his physical, Huntington has pressure on him from Team President Frank Coonelly to shed some salary and keep the payroll no higher than $70 million, sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports.com.
Mariners, Rangers become potential trade partners By John Perrotto – Marc DelPiano, special assistant to Pirates general manager Neal Huntington, created a minor stir Thursday night when he showed up at Safeco Field in Seattle for the opener of a four-game series between the Mariners and Texas Rangers. Both teams are potential trade partners as the Mariners are again interested in trading for Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez and shortstop Jack Wilson. The Rangers, meanwhile, would like to trade for one of the Pirates’ left-handed starting pitchers, Zach Duke or Paul Maholm. The Mariners, though, seem like a more logical match for the Pirates.