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Slow day … so far

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NASHVILLE — A slow start to Day 2 of the meetings, at least for the Pirates.

The Jason Bay-to-Cleveland rumor that flared up yesterday afternoon had fizzled by evening. It’s not that Bay is off the block; the Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers have some interest. Rather, the timing probably isn’t right for a deal. If Bay rebounds from his so-so 2007 season, he could be moved by the trading deadline or next winter.

— Speaking of Bay, here’s an interesting tidbit from the Toronto Globe and Mail: Blue Jays president Paul Godfrey told the paper “sooner or later, we’d like to bring in a big-name Canadian player.”

— The Chicago Cubs might be making a play for Pirates outfielder Nate McLouth. GM Neal Huntington is talking with the Padres, Philles and Braves. Huntington could be looking to get a reliever in return for McLouth — perhaps a lefty, which would give him the leeway to trade Damaso Marte. It’s too risky to deal Marte now, given the uncertain status of John Grabow.

Grabow was bothered all last season by a sore elbow and found temporary relief via a cortisone injection during the season. A team doctor had advised having minor surgery in the offseason. Last month, however, Grabow got a second opinion from a orthopedist in Los Angeles, who said surgery was not necessary.

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