If you are looking for good news regarding our Buccos, you might not want to read on.
Today in the Post-Gazette, Dejan is reporting that Pirates have proposed a two-year deal to pitcher Jeff Suppan. This is not the disappointing part. That would be the fact that Suppan is looking for a 4 or 5 year deal and the Pirates do not want to commit money to a pitch beyond 2008, basically putting themselves on the outskirts of this bidding war.
The Pirates are still talking to the Phillies about Jon Lieber.
The Pirates and Red Sox are believed to be the only two teams interested in Masumi Kuwata, a pitcher for the past 21 seasons with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan's top league. He is 38 and the minor league deal the Pirates are offering might not even be enough to get Kuwata a Visa for the United States.
The Pirates are apparently going to tender Shawn Chacon, possibly the last player I want to see become the fifth starter in 2007, but that is just my opinion.
The Pirates have definitely made offers to two free-agent hitters. One could very well be Trot Nixon, who spent last season with the Red Sox. Ugh.