Acquiring Bartlett three years ago, as the Rays did, would have been great, but since then he has gotten worse in the field, and he has never been much of a hitter. Hardy, though, would be a great idea – he isn’t a zero with the bat, isn’t old, and plays above-average defense. This last item is critical – the Pirates’ pitchers were repeatedly let down by their defense last year. Incumbent shortstop Ronny Cedeno wasn’t the worst offender in that regard, but acquiring a new shortstop will upgrade that position while potentially – hopefully – allowing Cedeno to take some starts at second when a groundball pitcher like Paul Maholm is on the hill. There’s also the possibility that the Pirates could non-tender Cedeno if they acquire Bartlett or Hardy by tomorrow’s non-tender deadline, but I wouldn’t count on that happening.