Bucs soft on non-tenders
NASHVILLE — Teams short on both pitching and dollars had a road of opportunity paved by the recent spate of non-tenders. Several notable arms went free-agent when not offered contracts by their 2012 clubs.
Among the GMs whose eyes grew seeing some of the names go on the board was Neal Huntington.
The Pirates’ guy is here fishing for starting pitching — his lure in the trade market includes Joel Hanrahan and Garrett Jones — and will also drop bait into the non-tender pond.
Huntington prefers to add another lefty to supplement Wandy Rodriguez, and non-tendered southpaws he’s checking on include Manny Parra (non-tender by the Brewers), John Lannan (Nationals), and even a guy he has already traded, Tom Gorzelanny (also Nationals).
There are also some right-handers of interest on the list, such as Jair Jurrjens (Braves) and Mike Pelfrey Mets). However, a lefty is on the front burner, perhaps the hottest being Parra, a 30-year-old who has always made a good in-person impression on the Pirates, especially in PNC Park (1.62 ERA in six appearances).