It started with Seattle, and now the word is Pittsburgh and the Braves are talking about a possible deal that would include Pirates reliever Salomon Torres. Or at least that's the word from the Pittsburgh Press.
It's believed the Braves have interest in Pirates first baseman/outfielder Craig Wilson, who's due $3.3 million this season and who doesn't figure to play much because of the presence of everyday players Sean Casey at first base and Jeromy Burnitz in right field.
Emphasis is not mine, unless noted otherwise. The deal could further expand to include:
The Braves also are believed to have some interest in right-handed reliever Salomon Torres. They could ask for him to be included in the deal, and the Pirates could counter that they'd sure like another player back from the Braves in that scenario.
Of course Pirates Manager Jim Tracy didn't have anything enlightening to say either.
But what transpires over the course of the next few days could possibly help that situation along," Tracy said. "I don't know what's going to take place -- or what could take place -- over the course of the next three or four days that could change that."
But could that second-game starter not be in camp yet?
As we're sitting here talking, we are working on making a decision within the framework of the people who come in here to work every day," Tracy said. "That's where we're at -- today.
Thanks, Jim that really clears things up for us. Either way I have a feeling that when the season starts, or shortly there after "Big Red" will not be in a Braves uniform. With opening day only a week away, things should pan out soon.