The names being bandied about as players of interest to the Pirates by various sources: Jeremy Accardo, Jason Bartlett, Justin Duchscherer, Kevin Gregg, Aaron Heilman, Kenshin Kawakami, JJ Hardy and Brendan Ryan.
They have already signed Kevin Correia, Andy Marte, Fernando Nieve, and Scott Olsen. Also, Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio will be back after losing 2010 to injuries. Both are starters who will have to work out of the pen until their arms strengthen, and both are out of options. At least the Bucs should have some numbers in the spring.
It's easy enough to see that the FO is emphasizing pitching after last year's train wreck. Right now, the rotation looks like James McDonald, Ross Ohlendorf, Kevin Correia, Paul Maholm, and Craig Morton/Scott Olsen/Brad Lincoln, with more arms to come. And they can use the help.
Surprisingly to GW, the Pirates don't seem to be very high on Matt Diaz. We're not sure if that's because of price (10 teams are said to have inquired about him) or ability; he'd seem to be a good fit for the right field platoon. (EDIT - the Bucs were high on Diaz, after all. Dejan Kovacevic of the Post Gazette reports that they signed him to a two-year deal. It's not often that GW and the FO agree on something.)