Scratch free-agent Matt Clement off the list.
Clement’s agent, Barry Axelrod, told me he has not spoken with the Pirates “in a long time” and has moved on to other suitors. “We’ve made significant progress with other clubs,” Axelrod said.
The Pirates sniffed around Clement last year, too, but were unwilling to offer a major league contract. The right-hander wound up signing with St. Louis, but was neither healthy nor effective enough to pitch in the majors. He had shoulder surgery in 2006.