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Pirates Trade Rumors: Bucs Reportedly Interested In Chris Iannetta

Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Pirates have asked about Colorado Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta. This suggests that they're still not completely happy with their catching options, despite Michael McKenry's solid defense and the impending return of Ryan Doumit. But who knows? The real attraction with Iannetta, in addition to him helping out in 2011, is that he's under control at reasonable rates in both 2012 and 2013, so he would immediately step in as the Pirates' main catcher, with the departures of Doumit and Chris Snyder likely at the end of the season.

Anyway, you can think of Iannetta as being a little like Snyder - he hits for low averages, but draws walks and has enough power that he can get away with batting .220. As with many Rockies, though, his home/road splits have been extreme at times, and he only has a .564 OPS on the road this year. That's something to watch out for.

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