Monday, December 6, 2010

And The Rumors Fly...

-- The Pirates have a tentative one-year deal with LHP Scott Olsen, 26, for $1M plus incentives, according to the beat writers, pending a physical later in the week. He's coming off 2009 labrum surgery, and missed much as last season with shoulder issues.

Olsen kept his nose clean with Washington, but was locker room trouble in Florida, getting into fights with teammates and managers. On the performance side, he went 4-8 with a 5.56 ERA in 15 starts last season and is 37-49 lifetime with a 4.85 ERA and 1.479 WHIP.

He doesn't seem like much of an upgrade over what we already have; GW is decidedly underwhelmed.

-- The Pirates are strongly pursuing non-tendered Blue Jay RH reliever Jeremy Accardo, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Post Gazette.

-- Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports tweets that the Bucs have interest in free agent RHP Kevin Correia, who pitched for the Padres in 2010.

-- Jen Langosch of reports that RHP Kenshin Kawakami of the Braves is a blip on the Bucco trade radar. He'll come cheap; Atlanta's trying to dump his contract.

-- Gordon Edes of ESPN tweets that a "couple of teams have approached Pirates about McCutcheon...Pirates would have to be 'overwhelmed'" to move him. In an afternoon press conference today, Neal Huntington replied to the the rumor with "I wouldn't always believe what you read."

He also added that as of now, Ryan Doumit will get most of the time in RF. 2011's team doesn't look a lot different than 2010's so far. And that ain't good.

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