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Report: Deal for Pirates' Wilson unlikely

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  June 15, 2009 11:35 AM

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According to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this morning, the Red Sox have spoken to the Pirates about shortstop Jack Wilson, but a deal is unlikely.

Wrote Pirates beat writer Dejan Kovacevic:

The Red Sox, without a shortstop while Jed Lowrie recovers from a wrist injury, have taken the step of asking some of their players -- including former Pirates outfielder Jason Bay -- for their views on Wilson in an attempt to gauge his value. But their talks to date have not come close to the baseball return the Pirates would seek in a trade for their most popular player.

Wilson, 31, is a smooth fielder, but he's struggled at the plate this season, batting .259 with a .280 on-base percentage and an adjusted OPS of 76. He has one home run and 20 RBIs in 43 games.

The Red Sox may not have a need at shortstop much longer as it is. Lowrie, who has been out since April 11 after surgery on his wrist, is expected to take live batting practice at Lowell today and will begin a minor league rehab assignment soon.

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