Odds & Ends: Bucs, Duchscherer, Astros

A fresh batch of links for Saturday afternoon…

  • Perry Hill left his post as Pirates first base coach Saturday and, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, expressed unhappiness with the team's aggressive trading on his way out.  The Pirates got rid of three-fourths of their infield (Jack Wilson, Freddy Sanchez and Adam LaRoche) during the year.
  • According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's have not touched base with soon-to-be free agent Justin Duchscherer since the end of the season.  GM Billy Beane plans to engage in some kind of discussions with the right-hander and his agent "soon."  We profiled "The Duke of Hurl" about a month ago.
  • Former Astros manager Phil Garner interviewed for the club's managing vacancy on Saturday afternoon, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com).  He was the seventh of 10 candidates to interview for the gig.
  • Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have retained minor league right-hander Jairo Cuevas.  The 25-year-old was eligible for free agency.


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