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A little more on Jake Fox and Pirates -- maybe not so likely

I am now hearing that the Pittsburgh Pirates claiming Jake Fox tomorrow isn't a slam dunk. In fact, it doesn't appear likely now.

The sense is they like his bat, but they don't think he is reliable enough behind the plate to catch a lot -- which is what they need now that starter Chris Snyder is lost for the season with a back injury that will require surgery.

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As a stop-gap, if Snyder was out for 15 days or so, Fox seemed fine. As a potential starter, you have to think the Pirates won't go there.

Backup Dusty Brown is not considered particularly adept with the glove either, so Fox would be redundant in Pittsburgh.

So we can assume the Pirates are now trolling for a more defensive-minded catcher and it's probably back to 50-50 that Fox gets through waivers and is sent to Triple-A Norfolk.

We'll know something for sure Friday afternoon.

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