-- The Pirates don't look to be in the race for additional free agent pitching, with the only remaining players we've heard them associated with being Chris Young and Justin Duchscherer. But there are couple of interesting names being offered around the league.
The Bucs don't have the organizational depth to take on a Zack Greinke deal with KC, but Tampa Bay is reportedly offering Matt Garza and James Shields. And they're said to be looking for pen help (Hanrahan), OF/C help (Doumit) and/or prospects. We don't know if there's a deal to be made there, but hopefully the FO is at least chatting with the Rays.
-- Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports lists the Pirates among the winter meeting winners, saying "The Pirates, meanwhile, have said they will spend and are starting to do it. The names aren't big — Kevin Correia, Matt Diaz, Scott Olsen — but Clint Hurdle should have a respectable roster in his first year as the Pittsburgh manager."
-- Tony Beasley, JR's third base coach, was hired to manage the Washington Nat's AA team at Harrisburg.
-- MLB Network will air the 1960 Pirate-Yankee Game #7 at 7PM on Wednesday, 12/15. Bob Costas will be the host, and he'll have interviews from the sneak preview held last month at the Byham Theater.
-- Upcoming dates to remember: January 5th-15th, arbitration filings (Ross Ohlendorf & Joel Hanrahan tendered but unsigned); February 1st-21st, arbitration hearings; March 1st, mandatory camp reporting date (voluntary report date is mid-February); April 1st Opening Day @ Wrigley Field and April 7th, home opener vs. Colorado.