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An official of a club that has been speaking with the Pirates said their No. 1 focus is on finding...

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An official of a club that has been speaking with the Pirates said their No. 1 focus is on finding a "professional hitter."....other clubs say Pittsburgh has its eyes on is the Twins' Jason Kubel. But Twins GM Bill Smith told Rumblings his team is "trying to make our club better, we still think we're very much in contention, and we're excited to see where we go in the next two months." Smith didn't rule out trading away someone in his current mix if it brings back a piece that "makes us better." But one AL exec said the Twins have too much invested in this season "to do anything now that signals retreat."

Jayson Stark in his Rumblings and Grumblings article. Jason Kubel = "professional hitter".
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