-- Tomorrow's lineup against the Manatee College nine for the Bucs' traditional spring kick-off exhibition at Bradenton: 2B Corey Wimberly, SS Chase d’Arnaud, 1B Steve Pearce, LF John Bowker, DH Josh Fields, 3B Andy Marte, RF Andrew Lambo, CF Gorkys Hernandez, and C Wyatt Toregas.
-- Saturday's pitchers for the Grapefruit League opener: Charlie Morton and Brad Lincoln will get two innings apiece, then Chris Resop, Daniel Moskos, Daniel McCutchen, Justin Thomas and Cesar Valdez will each work a frame.
-- Steve Pearce continues to reinvent himself, ala Neil Walker. He's taken some balls in the outfield, and yesterday he played some third base, a position he last played in college.
-- Baseball America rated Pittsburgh's draft class of 1997 as the eleventh best since BA has started picking Top 100 Prospects back in 1989, led by Kris Benson, Jose Guillen and Aramis Ramirez.
-- JJ Cooper and Jim Callis had a Top 100 Prospect chat on BA. They defended Jameson Taillon's high selection (#11), consider Stetson Allie a starter until proven otherwise, and say that a hard slotting system in the draft works against the small-revenue KC's and Pittsburgh's of the baseball world by taking away the one marketplace they can compete in.
-- Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated tweeted that the Pirates offered Carl Pavano 2 years and $13M; the Yankees offered him 1 year at $9.75M. He later re-signed with the Twins for two years/$16.5M and has already been named the Twins' Opening Day starter.
Minnesota felt like they got a bargain; they thought he'd get 2-3 years at $10-11M per pop. It does kinda make one wonder about the Pirates' determination of "value."
-- Matt Stairs, who played for Pittsburgh in 2003, is tied for the most franchises played for (with Mike Morgan and Ron Villone), suiting up for eleven different teams in 18 seasons. He's got a minor league deal with the Nats this year; if he wins a bench spot with them, he'll become the new leader with an even dozen clubs.