* Baseball America has released its Top 100 Prospects for 2009, and no surprises for the Pirates. They rank Pedro Alvarez #12, Andrew McCutchen 33#, and Jose Tabata #75.
They have Pedro and Andrew landing in Pittsburgh this year, and Jose in 2010.
* Dejan Kovacevic of the Post Gazette says the Bucs still have an iron in the Will Ohman fire, eyeing the LHP as an insurance policy as they grease the skids to move John Grabow during his free agent season.
* John Perrotto of the Pirates Report does a piece on the Buc's Barber of the Bullpen, ex-Indian RHP Brian Slocum.
* Rob Beirtempfel of the Tribune Review checks out the achy Bucs: Luis Cruz pulled a hip flexor and will miss a week, while Freddy Sanchez is still long-tossing.
* Chuck Finder of the Post Gazette clues us into Jason Davis' second career - as a taxidermist. Maybe he can go into business stuffing Adam LaRoche's trophies.
* Jen Langosch of MLB.com takes a look at the eight baby Bucs that landed in PNC at the trade deadline. She thinks that "It's quite possible that by the end of the season six of the eight players acquired last July will be making contributions in Pittsburgh."
* Tony Massarotti of the Boston Globe discusses the Jay Bay quest for a long-term Red Sox contract during his walk year.
He writes that "...factoring in age, defense and mobility, there may not be a more desirable free agent outfielder on the market next November than the man who currently plays left field for the Red Sox."
Oh, and they very much like his glove in Beantown, a facet of his game that was greatly underappreciated in Pittsburgh because he played 2007 more or less on one leg.