Bonus Trade Tree – Matt Diaz

Apparently today is “ship off your spare outfielders” day in Pittsburgh.

Diaz will be seen as a disappointment for his five months in the ‘burgh but he was mostly his normal self after an ice cold April. The biggest problem was the team played him too often against righthanded pitchers.

Its just as well that he’s gone because I didn’t see him playing much the rest of the year. McCutchen, Tabata, Presley, Ludwick and Jones were all ahead of him on the depth chart.

Update 9/21/11: The Pirates acquired AA RHP Eliecer Cardenas from the Braves to complete the deal. The tree above has been updated.

Bonus Trade Tree – John Bowker

The Pirates sent John Bowker to the Phillies.

Pretty minor stuff. Lopez was good in his half season with the Bucs and won a title with the Giants. Martinez amounted to a fill in arm for the rest of the year. There’s been no word on what the Pirates got to complete the January deal with from Cleveland. Bowker still has some potential as a major league hitter but at 27 that time is running short. Good luck to him.

Thursday Trade Tree – Vinegar Bend Mizell

Sorry for the lateness of this post. I had to evacuate from my vacation in the Outer Banks of  North Carolina due to hurricane Irene. Today’s quickly posted trade tree covers Vinegar Bend Mizell.

Mizell was a strong pitcher during the regular season for the 1960 World Series winning team, throwing three shutouts among his eight complete games. He didn’t fair so well during the postseason, throwing only 2.1 innings in two games (one start), and allowing four runs. Julian Javier started at second for the Cards for over a decade.

Happy Birthday, Roberto

Today, Roberto Clemente would have been 77 years old.

Bonus Trade Tree – Tim Wood

Tim Wood, who was Designated for Assignment last week, has been traded to the Texas Rangers.

Nice to get something back for him, rather than cutting him outright. I’ll avoid making a Wood/Tree pun.

Thursday Trade Tree – Jose Pagan

This one came from another suggestion by my dad. Utility player Jose Pagan.

Not a ton to see here. Jose had one good season with the bat (1969, 118 OPS+) but his versatility made him a pretty good piece to have on a team. The man he was traded for, Dick Schofield, was a similar player who would be more notable today for his son and grandson.

Big Night: Pirates win game, win draft.

Great win last night for the Bucs. Ryan Doumit was 4-4 including a three run bomb. Jose Veras came into a tough spot and froze Albert Pujols looking with the game on the line. James McDonald got the win (number 8 on the year) but I won’t be able to update the Searage Shaves Standings for a few days. Hopefully there will be a few others to add by then too.

The excitement didn’t end there as the Pirates signed the #1 pick in the draft Gerrit Cole but also signed their #2 pick Josh Bell. Cole’s signing was expected but Bell was a first round talent who fell because it was believed he would follow through on his commitment to the University of Texas. Superb job by Neal Huntington to get both guys in the fold.

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