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The Pirates continued to talk with free-agent closer Ugueth Urbina, who helped Florida win the World Series last season. Montreal, another club with severe payroll restrictions, appears to be the Pirates' main competition.

Urbina, 30, was a combined 3-4 with 32 saves and a 2.81 ERA in 72 games with Texas and the Marlins in 2003. Urbina would be a huge upgrade in the Pirates' bullpen -- without him, Jose Mesa and Juan Acevedo appear to be the top candidates for the vacant closer's job. Mesa had a 6.52 ERA for Philadelphia last season, and Acevedo had a combined 6.57 mark for the Yankees and Toronto. Orlando Merced... Recommended Stories

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