Earlier today, Brandon McCarthy had the following tweet to Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan.
@hanrahan52 in Pitt and just mentioned to a cop that I knew you and now the mayor’s here giving me the key to the city?!?
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) November 14, 2012
McCarthy mentioning that he was in Pittsburgh sparked the instant speculation that he might be on the Pirates’ radar. That’s usually how the rumor mill works during the off-season. The smallest thread connecting a player with a team is usually blown up into a full rumor, even if it could be totally meaningless. McCarthy is a free agent, and the Pirates are looking at pitching, but him being in Pittsburgh doesn’t mean he’s talking with them. Looking through his Twitter feed, he mentions the Chiefs several times. It could be that he’s in town from the Monday Night Football game. My point is that him mentioning he’s in Pittsburgh is meaningless. It could mean he’s there talking with the Pirates, or it could just be something ...