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Pirates Trying To Acquire Catcher, Should Consider Promoting Eric Fryer

Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com tweets that the Pirates are trying to make a trade to address their rather ugly catching situation, but they aren't having any luck:

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Pirates asking around for a catcher but have found asking prices to be too high; clubs want to take advantage of Pirates situation

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The Bucs currently have minor-league veterans Dusty Brown and Wyatt Toregas as their big-league catchers. Brown is a journeyman who has struggled defensively so far for the Bucs; Toregas simply shouldn't be anywhere near the big leagues. It's a situation the Bucs were forced into after their top three catchers (Chris Snyder, Ryan Doumit and Jason Jaramillo) all got hurt.

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Fortunately, they currently have Eric Fryer at Indianapolis. Fryer has hit remarkably well so far this season at both Class AA and Class AAA, and if the Pirates don't find what they're looking for on the trading market, they can simply install Fryer as their starting catcher until Doumit returns. The Pirates really don't need to pay above-market prices for a catcher right now.

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