The Pirates have more interest in Ty Wigginton than I thought they would. Wigginton hit .285 last season with 23 homers and 58 RBI’s in 111 games last season. According to sources the Pirates may be willing to offer a two year deal in the $5.5 – $6 million per season range. Wigginton is believed to be seeking a three year deal. My sources are skeptical that the Pirates will be willing to go three years. Huntington is believed to be taking the Ray Shero approach. Reluctant to offer more than two year deals to players in their 30‚Äôs who aren‚Äôt bona fide stars.
The Braves remain interested in Ian Snell. Check out the Pirates Rumor Chart for other suitors.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are interested in pitcher Daniel Cabrera according to Rob Biertempfel. The right-hander went 8-10 with a 5.25 ERA in 30 starts for the Baltimore Orioles. The Pirates have yet to make a offer but will make an official offer within the next couple days. The Baltimore Sun reports, at least 11 teams have expressed interest Cabrera and his agent has indicated Cabrera has recieved a multi-year offer
The Brewers are close to finalizing an incentive-laden minor league contract with starter Chris Capuano according to Capuano was a player the Pirates discussed giving a look.
Pirates have also inquired about utilityman Jerry Hairston. Hairston 32, batted .326 with six home runs and 36 RBIs in 80 games for the Cincinnati Reds last season. Pirates exploring Hairston as an option if Doug Mientkiewicz signs elsewhere.