The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Pirates will name Jim Tracy manager today.
I really like Tracy, and wish circumstances had worked such that the Reds could have hired him. The paper reports that Tracy will make more than the $700,000 he was to receive from the Dodgers.
That said, I don’t know if anyone can get the Pirates into contention. They have very nice young pitching, but other than Jason Bay, there’s not much to work with. Among players with over 200 ABs, 2b Jose Castillo was second on the club with a .416 SLG.