BOSTON, MA - MAY 12: Alfredo Aceves #91 of the Boston Red Sox reacts after a win against Cleveland Indians at Fenway Park May 12, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Pirates are in need of bullpen help and have been looking at Boston's batch.— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) September 17, 2012
The search for bullpen help mid-way through September seems as though it may be a case of too little too late for the Pirates, who are just two game over .500 following a terrible month and a half of baseball. However, the Pirates still stand just two and a half games out of the second wild card, so a small bullpen boost could still propel Pittsburgh into a playoff spot.
The Red Sox could potentially part ways with impending free agent Vicente Padilla or the disgruntled Alfredo Aceves, but neither have had very productive seasons. The Bucs' last-minute search for a late-inning arm makes one wonder if the team is second-guessing the release of right-hander Juan Cruz -- he of the 2.78 ERA in thirty-five and two-thirds innings -- three weeks ago.
Any reliever the Bucs may acquire will not be eligible for the postseason if the team can make it that far.