Two trade rumors, probably not related to each other, but neither one big enough for their own post:
–Paul Hoynes of The Plain Dealer reported that the Pirates were trying to trade Andy Marte to a team who would use him in the majors.
-Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates are looking hard at an external move, and notes that they are looking for pitching. Granted, this doesn’t necessarily mean an external move could come via trade. Just for reference, a few pitchers who have been designated for assignment recently: Ryan Rowland-Smith and Manny Acosta. Guys who have been recently released: Jeff Suppan, Carlos Silva, Doug Mathis, Ron Mahay, and Scott Proctor.