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Michaels in the mix

Is the arrival of Jason Michaels, who was acquired Thursday in a trade for next to nothing, a signal of Jason Bay’s departure? Probably … but not right away.

It’s no secret the Pirates were shopping Bay over the winter but were far less than impressed by the offers they received. Bay’s been hitting well and even is flashing a bit of speed again (more on that in Sunday’s Trib), so his market value is going up. And with every runner stranded on base at Petco Park, the San Diego Padres get a little bit more desperate for a bat.

Yet, I’d be stunned if the Pirates make a move with Bay now. It’s way too early to raise the white flag. They go into tonight’s game against Atlanta just four games under .500, and are about to begin a long stretch of games against NL Central Division foes.

Michaels was in uniform this afternoon, and talked about filling the role of fourth outfielder … happy to be here … hopes to contribute … blah blah blah. He’s a bench player, for now at least.

Check back on that in late July.

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