12:39pm: The Pirates are looking at the Orioles' Koji Uehara, tweets Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Statistically, Uehara is one of the best relievers available. Uehara earns $3MM this year, and a $4MM option for next year vests with 15 more appearances.
11:06am: We've seen hints that the Pirates are seeking relief help, as noted in our Contender Wish List post this morning. But the bullpen is actually the front office's focus, tweets ESPN's Buster Olney.
The Pirates' bullpen ranks fourth in the NL with a 3.15 ERA, though the group is third from the bottom in strikeout rate. Evan Meek has missed most of the season with a shoulder injury, leaving righties Joel Hanrahan, Jose Veras, Chris Resop, and Daniel McCutchen to pile up relief innings.
It's a buyer's market for relievers, though the supply of quality lefties is a little weak.