A few notes from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this morning.
- The Pirates are still engaged in deep, tight-knit negotiations with first round pick Pedro Alvarez. No one’s talking, but Kovacevic heard a rumor that the sides are $2MM apart. This might not be settled until the August 15th deadline.
- Kovacevic talked to a Pirates source who said Boston’s interest in Damaso Marte has heightened. Many clubs are after Marte. The lefty has a $6MM club option for ’09 with a $250K buyout. That actually might be worth considering. Marte seems likely to sneak into Type A free agent status – important stats like wins, saves, and innings are all up from last year.