We’ve known for a while now that the Pirates have outfielder Jason Bay on the block. A big deal for Bay could put new Pirates GM Neal Huntington on the map. According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Indians are engaged in talks for Bay. This isn’t a big surprise, since Huntington came from the Cleveland organization.
Trading Bay now seems like a sell-low move, unless the Bucs feel Bay won’t bounce back in 2008. Andy Marte, Cliff Lee, and Jeremy Sowers could be available from the Tribe. Silverman notes that Indians’ backup catcher Kelly Shoppach has been mentioned in the talks with Pittsburgh. Shoppach would be a capable starter for most teams. The Indians could also part with an outfielder, perhaps Shin-Soo Choo or Ben Francisco.
While the White Sox have also been linked to Bay, Dejan Kovacevic says there’s nothing cooking right now.