-- Add the Pirates to the list of teams believed to be interested in Jorge de la Rosa, tweets Troy Renck of the Denver Post. That list, according to reports, already includes the Brewers, Rangers, Nationals, Rockies and Yankees.
de la Rosa, 30, is thought to be looking for a Ted Lilly-type deal; he signed for 3 years/$33M. The Pirates are probably just performing their due diligence on him.
-- But starting pitching is expensive. ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Hiroki Kuroda and the Dodgers are close to finalizing that one-year, $12M contract. The Bucs were thought to have interest in Kuroda.
-- According to Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun, JR interviewed with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday for a spot on new manager Buck Showalter’s staff. The O's are looking for a bench coach and a third base coach.