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Jim Tracy had just taken over the job as manager of the Pirates, and I remember him chatting at the Pittsburgh spring training complex in Bradenton, Fla., about Jack Wilson's defense. I asked him if he thought Wilson was as good as Cesar Izturis had been, when Tracy managed Izturis in L.A. Tracy's eyebrows arched and he talked about how good Izturis was, and how he really hadn't seen enough of Wilson on a daily basis to make that judgment.Well, maybe he has: The Pirates have traded for Izturis, and only a few days after Wilson got into a dugout argument with Pirates pitching coach Jim Colborn. This deal would seem to set up the Pirates to deal Wilson, who is hitting .254, with a .309 on-base average. Wilson is signed through 2009: His salary is $5.25 million this year, and he will make $6.5 million next year and $7.25 million in '09. Among the teams for whom Wilson might make sense: The Blue Jays, who don't have a permanent solution at shortstop but might not have the payroll flexibility to deal for Wilson; the Cardinals, who will lose David Eckstein to free agency after this season; the Giants, who will lose Omar Vizquel after this year; and perhaps the Red Sox, although it's hard to imagine the Red Sox looking to make a change right now, at a time when Julio Lugo -- signed to a four-year, $36 million deal -- has just started hitting.