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Betemit or DeRosa may be backup 3B



DALLAS — The Pirates are inching closer signing a pair of veteran free agents, though neither deal is finalized. Outfielder Nate McLouth seems poised to return to Pittsburgh on what likely will be a one-year contract. The Pirates, according to team and industry sources, also are engaged in talks with infielders Wilson Betemit and Mark DeRosa, and are optimistic they can get one of them to agree to a contract. The Pirates will not sign both players.

Betemit, 30, a Type B free agent, was non-tendered after hitting .285 with a .795 OPS last season for the Royals (57 games) and Tigers (40 games). DeRosa, 36, appeared in 47 games for the Giants and batted .279 with a .653 OPS. Either would be a good backup plan at third base in case Pedro Alvarez remains stuck in his deep funk.

»»» An update on the minicamp situation: The new CBA does not include an outright ban on mincamps, but it does restrict who can attend one. As before, attendance by players is entirely voluntary. Now, clubs may only invite up to 15 players. Only those who on the 40-man roster and who are in their first three seasons of service time are eligible. And once an invitation is given, it’s gone even if the player turns it down. The Pirates will hold organizatonal meetings in Bradenton, Fla., around Jan. 6, 2012, and plan to invite eligible players for the informal workouts.



  1. Ryan(Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    I don’t mind Nate for the 4th OFer spot and of course he brings his speed for a late game substitution.

    The biggest difference between Betemit and DeRosa is durability. DeRosa has been hurt the last 2+ years while he was out here with SF. However, he does bring a ring with him and one thing the Giants brass liked about him, was his veteren leadership. When healthy, he can play multiple positions…

    tough choice, I guess we’ll see what tomrrow brings as far as DLee is concerned, better have a back up plan.

    I would be “all in” on a trade to Miami for Gaby Sanchez if the Marlins do in fact sign Pujols.

  2. John Lease says:

    Betemit would be OK. But how they are getting back in the McLouth business is beyond bizzare.

  3. zappa1 says:

    Hey!…why not sign Manny Sanguillien as a backup catcher? This club is getting old rather quickly. I can see Alvarez being traded after the All-Star break if his “funk” continues , then Cutch traded for more prospects. Same old same old.

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