Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Well, wouldn't you know it?

No sooner do I call for the Pirates to go after Josh Willingham than the sumbitch has surgery to repair a torn meniscus. 

"I know how the rehab process goes," he said. "I'm just going to take it day by day, do the rehab, try to get back in there and then hope to play well."


Willingham should be ready to play again by the beginning of August, so even if the Twin were to trade him, the acquiring team wouldn't miss him for too long. That said, seeing as how Willingham's age and the condition of his knee are likely to drive the market price down, it'd genuinely surprise me if the Twins decided to move him. He's under contract for next year, too, so if the Twins do move Willingham, it won't be until at least the coming offseason.

FOX's John Paul Morosi reported that the Pirates were one of six teams scouting Matt Garza's outing last night. Garza is also reportedly discussing a contract extension with the Cubs, and given the near-barren market for starting pitching against the trading deadline, I wouldn't read too much into this. If the Pirates traded for Matt Garza, even Michael Wilbon would be surprised. He wouldn't admit to it, but he would be.

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