You may recall Jon Heyman’s article from Friday, where the Diamondbacks and Cardinals were said to be among "the most ardent pursuers of Jason Bay." However, Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette spoke to sources with all three teams – and all of them denied the rumor.
Kovacevic has been reporting for a while now that the Bucs prefer to keep Bay, though they’ll listen. That remains unchanged. Kovacevic’s article describes a hot market for two other Pirates – Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady.
Pirates GM Neal Huntington hinted that he might soon trade some of the team’s veterans:
"We’re not content. We need depth to add to this group. How do we get that? As we’ve said from day one, there are going to be times when we make unpopular decisions, but those decisions might be necessary to take next step."