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Pirates still scouting Tigers

Larry Corrigan, one of GM Neal Huntington’s special assistants, stayed to scout the Tigers through Detroit’s weekend series with the White Sox. Corrigan has been watching the Tigers every day since last Tuesday.

Detroit is mulling a couple different directions to go at the deadline and apparently they see Pittsburgh as a possible fit as a trade partner. As the Tigers look to add a bat to their lineup, they have considered trying to find a middle infielder who can provide that production. Freddy Sanchez could be a fit there.

Detroit is also known to be looking at possibly adding a starter, preferably a left-hander, which could make Zach Duke a target.

Whoever Detroit’s interest is in, it’s obviously enough that the Pirates want to spend plenty of time scouting the Tigers to be ready to pick their asking price if Detroit decides the Pirates have who they want.

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July 24: Pirates (42-53) @ D-backs (41-55)

With all that happened on Wednesday and the fact that I wasn’t 100 percent coherant for much of the day on Thursday after having to wake up at 3 am to catch a flight out here, I failed to pass along some very good news, at least as it concerns those of us who cover the team on a daily basis.

The Orioles and Sarasota County agreed on a 30-year lease earlier this week to move the Orioles’ Spring Training home to Ed Smith Stadium. You’ll remember that the Reds said goodbye to Sarasota this spring and are moving to Goodyear, Ariz.

Those in Pittsburgh might not care, but having a team in Sarasota is a huge benefit to the club. McKechnie Field and Ed Smith Stadium are only about 15 minutes apart, which makes the “away” games in Sarasota virtually home contests. The Pirates will likely play the Orioles three to four times in Sarasota, which is three to four fewer one hour+ drives the club has to make elsewhere. The Pirates are also able to do all their morning workouts, batting practice and fielding work in Bradenton on days where they play in Sarasota. And for those of us who cover the team, any break we can get from having a short drive is critical to our sanity. 

As for today’s news, notes and randomness…

  • Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez both sat out on Friday, and no, it had nothing to do with either packing their bags to join another team. Let’s get that straight. Sanchez has an achy left knee, but is expected to be OK to return on Saturday. Wilson took early batting practice and fielded grounders on Friday and should be ready to return by the end of this series.
  • Even with the middle infielders getting breathers, don’t expect Luis Cruz to get a start soon. With Cruz’s versatility, manager John Russell likes having him on the bench late in games.
  • The Tigers had a scout watching the Pirates in Pittsburgh recently, which could be a sign that Detroit is looking at Pittsburgh as a possible trade partner. The Tigers are looking for a bat, and rumor has it that they have looked at middle infield options as a way to acquire some offense. Could Sanchez be a fit?
  • And on that note, Larry Corrigan is still in Detroit, presumably scouting the Tigers. 
  • Catcher Ryan Doumit still has not taken a game off since returning from the DL shortly before the All-Star Break and there are no plans for him to have one right now. He doesn’t want to come out of the lineup, and Russell doesn’t see a need to give him a day off just yet.
  • The Pirates are 2-8 in their last 10 games at Chase Field. The club is also 16-34 on the road this season. Only the Padres (13-33) and Nationals (10-35) have worse road records in the league.
  • Garrett Jones has seven more days to accomplish something that hasn’t been done by a Pirates player in 43 years. No Pittsburgh player since Donn Clendenon in ’66 has hit 10 home runs in July. Jones currently sits at nine total this month. The last three Pirates players to hit nine homers in July were: Reggie Sanders (2003), Brian Giles (2002) and Willie Stargell (1976 and 1966).
  • Third base coach Tony Beasley is expected to rejoin the team sometime over the weekend. He has missed the last three games because of a family matter. Rich Donnelly has assumed the third base coaching duties in Beasley’s absence.
  • Shortstop Argenis Diaz made his organizational debut on Thursday with Triple-A Indianapolis. Diaz went 0-for-2 with a walk and sacrifice bunt.
  • Catcher Steve Lerud has been placed on the disabled list after suffering a concussion in Double-A Altoona’s game on Wednesday. Lerud was hit by a backswing.
  • In the last two games, the Pirates’ No. 3, 4 and 5 hitters have combined to hit .583 with four doubles, four homers and eight RBIs.

Pirates lineup:

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Delwyn Young (2B)
  3. Garrett Jones (RF)
  4. Ryan Doumit (C)
  5. Steve Pearce (1B)
  6. Brandon Moss (LF)
  7. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  8. Ramon Vazquez (SS)
  9. Zach Duke (LHP)

D-backs lineup:

  1. Stephen Drew (SS)
  2. Ryan Roberts (2B)
  3. Justin Upton (RF)
  4. Mark Reynolds (3B)
  5. Miguel Montero (C)
  6. Gerardo Parra (LF)
  7. Chris Young (CF)
  8. Chad Tracy (1B)
  9. Yusmeiro Petit (RHP)

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July 22: Brewers (48-46) @ Pirates (41-52)

So for those dying for something deadline related, chew on this: I got word last night that Larry Corrigan, a special assistant to GM Neal Huntington, was in Detroit to watch last night’s game between the Mariners and Tigers. With the Trade Deadline sitting just over a week away, Huntington’s top advisors are going to go watch the teams that the Pirates are most likely to deal with, so this is definitely something to keep in the back of your mind.

While it’s unknown who Corrigan was in Detroit to watch, my best guess is that it would be the Mariners. The Tigers’ primary need is for corner outfield bat, and the Pirates really aren’t the team to fill that need. Detroit is also looking for another starting option, so there is the chance that Ian Snell could be on their radar. This is pure speculation, however.

Seattle, on the other hand, is known to have been interested in both Freddy Sanchez and Jack Wilson for a while now, especially Sanchez. The Seattle Times reported earlier this month that another special assistant to Huntington, Marc DelPiano, was scouting a Mariners game on July 9. The Mariners still have to decide if they are sellers or buyers at the deadline, but if they decide to buy and go after the AL West title, the fact that the club dealt Yuniesky Betancourt earlier this month does give them some financial flexibility to take on the salary of say, Sanchez, if they wanted.

Stay tuned….

As for today’s news, notes and randomness:

  • Wednesday marks the final home game before the 4 pm Trade Deadline on July 31. That said, will this be the last time Pirates fans see John Grabow and Sanchez in home white uniforms? Just saying…
  • Neither Sanchez or Wilson have been approached by management concerning those contract extension talks. Both middle infielders said on Monday that they’d be open to continuing the talks if the Pirates were also willing to talk.
  • Wilson is out of the lineup again on Wednesday, though the tightness in his left hamstring has not worsened since Tuesday.
  • The Pirates need a win on Wednesday to claim their first series win against an NL Central opponent since mid-May. The Pirates are 1-9-2 in series against teams in their division this year.
  • Andrew McCutchen is tied for fifth among all NL lead-off hitters with 23 RBIs this season. Those have come in just 41 games. Chicago’s Alfonso Soriano leads the bunch with 32 RBIs in 70 games.

Pirates lineup

  1. Andrew McCutchen (CF)
  2. Freddy Sanchez (2B)
  3. Garrett Jones (1B)
  4. Ryan Doumit (C)
  5. Delwyn Young (RF)
  6. Brandon Moss (LF)
  7. Andy LaRoche (3B)
  8. Ramon Vazquez (SS)
  9. Paul Maholm (LHP)

 

Brewers lineup:

  1. Corey Hart (RF)
  2. Mike Cameron (CF)
  3. Ryan Braun (LF)
  4. Prince Fielder (1B)
  5. Casey McGehee (2B)
  6. Bill Hall (3B)
  7. J.J. Hardy (SS)
  8. Jason Kendall (C)
  9. Jeff Suppan (RHP) 
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