Friday, February 12, 2010

Weekend Widgets

-- The Pirates are not a lead-footed bunch by design, or so it seems. Matt Pouliot of the Hardball Times projects steal leaders for 2010. Among his top eleven picks, one is a current Pirate and a pair are recent vintage: Andrew McCutchen - 37 steals; Rajai Davis - 39 sacks (that Matt Morris deal gets worse and worse!), and of course Nyjer Morgan, with 52 swipes.

-- 32 year old (is that all?) RHP Kip Wells signed a minor-league deal with the Reds, per the Cincinnati Reds Blog.

-- The Charlestown Gazette's Mitch Vingle reports that it could be the end of the road for 30 year-old catcher JR House, once one of the Bucs' brightest prospects.

-- Bill Ladson of tweets that RHP Kris Benson - and Anna, they're a package deal, we suppose - is on the Washington Nat's radar. The 35 year-old fizzled as a reliever for the Rangers last year, and was sent to the minors in June. It was his first MLB action since 2006, when he blew out his arm.

-- J.J. Furmaniak, an old Pirate farmhand, signed a minor-league deal with the Ryas, according to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors.

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