The list of relievers that the Pittsburgh Pirates are tracking continues to grow. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston says that the Pittsburgh Pirates are following Red Sox relievers. The Pirates have two scouts watching the Red Sox, and plan to scout them through the trade deadline. They had two scouts for the Jon Lester start the other night, which is a reminder that it’s always difficult to know the main focus for those scouts in attendance.
Edes mentions that Koji Uehara, Andrew Miller, Burke Badenhop, and Craig Breslow can all become free agents at the end of the season. He also mentions Felix Doubront and Edward Mujica as guys who are having down years.
It seems that the Pirates are casting a wide net for their relief pitching search. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them add a reliever before the deadline, although I think they will go for a seventh inning guy, rather than going the “Proven Closer” route and getting a high priced, big name 8th inning guy or closer.
Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.