Today was the Pirates busiest day of the off-season to date. No they didn't sign Eric Gagne, who landed with the Rangers and no they didn't trade for Jason Jennings, who ended up with the Astros. But they did tender contracts to Shawn Chacon and Humberto Cota and they claimed Franquelis Osoria off of waivers from the Dodgers. Busy indeed.
Osoria, a 25-year-old right-hander, split last season between the Dodgers and Class AAA Las Vegas. In Los Angeles, he had a 7.13 ERA in 12 appearances. In the minors, he had a 4.35 ERA in 44 appearances.
Since the Adam LaRoche talks went public and the Pirates made it known that Mike Gonzalez was available for the right price, teams have been stepping up to the plate for the left-hander. The Yankees are interested but reportedly won't offer Melky Cabrera, who is believed to be the most coveted piece of the puzzle from the Pirates view. The Red Sox are also interested and are said to be dangling Coco Crisp.
Jeff Suppan coming to the Bucs? PG Columnist Ron Cook doesn't believe it's real.