Bucs still pursuing various targets
The Pirates added first baseman Derrek Lee late on Saturday, but that has not stopped their pursuit of other offensive upgrades. General manager Neal Huntington remains engaged in various conversations about a number of players. One of them is Padres outfielder Ryan Ludwick, though a source said he is not the Pirates’ top target today.
The club is interested in outfielder Jason Kubel, too, though it’s unknown whether the Twins are willing to start becoming sellers.
Though the Pirates’ primary pursuits are to continue to upgrade the offense, the team is still looking at pitching options as well. The club could use a steady set-up man to bridge the gap to closer Joel Hanrahan.
Pirates president Frank Coonelly, who is with the club in Philadelphia, said the organization still has financial flexibility that would allow it to take on more salary.
– Jenifer Langosch