Wednesday, there was talk of a Garrett Jones for Josh Willingham and Craig Breslow deal with Oakland. A day later it looks like the Bucs might be considering another A's outfielder as we approach the trading deadline, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.
The Pirates have talked internally about pursuing David DeJesus, but it's unclear whether they will follow up aggressively with Oakland.
DeJesus has a solid track record, posting an OPS of .781 or better the past three seasons, all with Kansas City. He's not nearly playing up to that in 2011, however, as he's hitting .229 with a paltry .660 OPS, including an ugly .319 OBP. He's signed with Oakland for $6 million this season, the last year of his deal, meaning he'd likely be a rental if the Bucs added him.
It'd be surprising if the Pirates pushed too hard to get this guy. He's clearly missing his stroke this year and he'd make a fair amount of money the rest of the way, too. If Oakland is willing to take fringe prospects in exchange for the Pirates taking on the salary, then maybe he's worth it. With Alex Presley playing well, though, and Matt Diaz hitting well enough to do the job since the beginning of June, the Pirates would likely be better served using DeJesus as a fall back position rather than a first option.