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Pirates Agree To Deal With Yuslan Herrera

Dave Littlefield is in the process of an interesting move for the Bucs: he has offered Cuban defector Yuslan Herrera a three-year Major League contract.  It seems that only formalities remain in completing the deal. 

One scout pegged Herrera as a fourth starter in the bigs.  He's 25 years old and could be near Major League ready.  However, he probably hasn't pitched for quite a while competitively so no one really knows how this will go.

One blogger speculates that perhaps the Pirates would pair Herrera with Jose Contreras with a deal centered around Chris Duffy.  Such a move could set up a trade of a young starter for a left-handed power hitter.


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That link tries to compare Herrera to El Duque. The scouts were MUCH higher on him coming out of Cuba than Herrera. I highly doubt that Duffy and Torres could even make a dent in getting Conteras. The Bucs do need an "ace" though. It would take a lot more than that to get Jose, but adding him would help the other starters in the rotation as well.

It always seems like the Pirates have strong pitching but the coaching can't get it to click.

Jason Schmidt, Jon Lieber, Francisco Cardova, Esteban Loaiza, Jason Johnson, Todd Richie, Kris Benson, Bronson Arroyo, Dave Williams, Kip Wells, Josh Fogg, Oliver Perez, Ian Snell, Zach Duke, Paul Maholm...

Thats scary how much potential they had on that team.

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