Fox Sports' Jon Morosi is absolutely all over Pirates' trade rumors at the moment. His latest tidbit via Twitter suggests the Bucs are taking a look at the Marlins' Omar Infante as the MLB trade deadline approaches.
#Pirates are interested in many bats right now, sources say. One of them: Omar Infante of the #Marlins.
Infante, 29, is at the end of his deal with Florida and is having kind of a subpar season to this point. He's hitting just .266 with one home run and a .644 OPS in 107 games for the Fish. He has been very solid the last three seasons, though, posting OPS figures of .750 plus in each while with the Braves. He's also been pretty strong since the All-Star break with a .357 average and .902 OPS.
If the Pirates think his hot streak has some legs to it, there's a good chance he could be an upgrade on what the Pirates are playing at shortstop, especially if Ronny Cedeno is headed back to the disabled list. Given his poor overall stats and his expiring contract, he probably wouldn't cost much, either, so this deal makes some sense, if it goes down.