February 21st, 2024, spring training notebook: Keller hopes for extension, Tellez looking slim

It was another quiet day for the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton on Tuesday.

Feb 20, 2024; Bradenton, FL, USA;  Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras (59) poses
Feb 20, 2024; Bradenton, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras (59) poses / Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports
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NOTES FROM BRADENTON

Smile! It was picture day for the Pirates on Tuesday in Bradenton.

A slimmed down Rowdy? On Tuesday, the Pirates posted a video and pictures of offseason free agency signing Rowdy Tellez taking hacks in the cage. Based off the photos it looks like Tellez might have slimmed down this offseason. Perhaps it's just a flattering angle but he does appear to have lost some weight from his last reported weight of 270 pounds.

Pirate front of the line starter Mitch Keller is hoping a recent conversation with owner Bob Nutting will eventually result in a long-term extension. Pirates beat writer Kevin Gorman of the Tribune-Review has more, here.