The Pirates are interested in trading catcher/outfielder Ryan Doumit, the Post-Gazette reports. This is no surprise – the Bucs acquired catcher Chris Snyder at last year’s deadline largely because Doumit can’t really catch anymore. He’s also not quite a good enough hitter to start regularly in right field, which makes him more of a problem than a solution, not just for the Pirates, but for any team. It will be hard for the Pirates to get any talent in return, especially if they want their trading partner to take on Doumit’s salary.
The Bucs are also interested in starting pitcher Kenshin Kawakami and reliever Jeremy Accardo. Kawakami would have to come via a trade, but he had a miserable season last year and would likely come very cheap. As with Scott Olsen, who the Pirates are set to acquire, Kawakami would be a potential back-of-the-rotation starter. Accardo pitched most of last year at Class AAA Las Vegas and would probably be a minor-league signee.