Ed Eagle reports the Pirates are talking seriously about bringing back the 43-year-old Jose Mesa. I'm amused. I expected the Bucs to make an offer and this kind of respect is part of the offer. But I don't know what to make of this red-carpet treatment until I find out what kind of money the team is offering.
In other news, the Pirates signed Altoona catcher Ronny Paulino. He's 23 and, if my spreadsheet is right, just finished his seventh year in the minors. Eagle reports that Paulino was up for minor-league free agency if the Pirates didn't act to keep him in the organization.
The Pirates have a bunch of minor-league players worth adding to the 40-man. If Paulino's a surprise for addition number one, that's mainly because he's a catcher, and not because he's not worthy. The Pirates have a few catchers on the 40-man already. As Charlie mentioned in the comments, the fact that the Pirates moved to keep this catcher may suggest they plan on cutting (or trading) another one soon.