There are no Pirates on the “player interest list” for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. USA Baseball will release its complete, 45-man provisional roster Friday. The final 28-man roster will be revealed Feb. 24, and the team will begin workouts March 2 in Clearwater, Fla.
The list of 24 committed players includes just one second baseman (Dustin Pedroia) and four pure outfielders (Ryan Braun, Grady Sizemore, Curtis Granderson and Brad Hawpe). As it mulls its options, Team USA ought to consider at least reaching out to either Nate McLouth or Freddy Sanchez. Both are high-energy players and former All-Stars who I think would thrive in the spotlight of the WBC.
Ian Snell already has committed to pitch for Puerto Rico. Dave Davidson is expected to pitch for Canada. The 16-team tournament will run March 5-23.