Yesterday we heard that Orioles are interested in Justin Upton (or could settle for Carlos Gomez). Today Jon Morosi of Fox adds that the Pirates could be in on that Upton action as well:
#Pirates interested in Justin Upton, but they will prioritize an infielder if Jordy Mercer is out for extended period. Holding pattern now.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 20, 2015
The Mercer stuff is based on this earlier report, of course. But really, if they have a bad bat/good glove infielder to cover for Mercer they could add Upton and put him in front of Gregory Polanco, who has hit a paltry .241/.318/.344 this year.
Upton is a free agent after this season and the Padres are unlikely to sign him so they’re clearly willing to send him to a club that’ll use him as a rental.