All told, the Pirates made four deals leading up to yesterday’s 4pm trade deadline.
The new lineup looks like this:
and the Bullpen:
Joel Hanrahan – closer
Jason Grilli – setup man
Kevin Correia – long relief/spot starter
*Chad Qualls – hasn’t joined the team yet, one of the above will need to go make room.
Overall the Pirates improved at RF, 1B, bench and the rotation and lost one good arm in the bullpen. Here’s what the other contenders did:
No huge improvements to either of the Bucs’ main opponents. Mujica is a nice piece that the Cards can use. Broxton doesn’t have a clear role in what was already a strond Reds bullpen. Both are still really good teams.
Dodgers: Traded two minor league pitchers to Philadelphia for Shane Victorino, araded a minor league pitcher and outfielder to Seattle for RHP Brandon League, traded two minor league pitchers to Miami for 3B Hanley Ramirez and LHP Randy Choate
All three of these teams made big upgrades and addressed clear needs. The Bucs clearest path to the playoffs is to win the division and avoid what could be a four team race for a single elimination game.