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Bucs news and notes for the day…
- The Bucs signed Logan Kensing to a minor league deal today. Kensing is a 29 year old reliever that has bounced around and struggled during his time in the majors. He throws hard, but I don’t anticipate seeing him in Pittsburgh unless a bunch of the current bullpen guys go down.
- The Pirates continued to reconfigure their scouting department with two more hires today.
- Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates have been in talks with Paul Maholm, but heard from a team official who said a return is highly unlikely. DK also seems to be indicating that the Pirates are done making major moves this offseason, and any other additions to the team will be minor ones. I have said that the Pirates need another somewhat legitimate arm for the rotation, and they still have money to spend this offseason.
- Pedro Ciriaco signed a minor league deal with the Red Sox. I’m devastated.
- RumBunter did a podcast with Neil Walker as a guest – check it out here.
- Here’s a video of Jack Wilson kicking a football into a moving jet-ski.
91 days until Opening Day.
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