Posted on August 27, 2013 by David Kaleida
Finally, the Pirates make a move to upgrade their offense, acquiring Marlon Byrd and John Buck from the Mets.
Byrd is having the best season of his 12 year career and should go to the playoffs for the first time. He slots in at RF and will push Jose Tabata to the bench when Starling Marte is healthy.
I don’t see Tony Sanchez being sent down, so Buck looks like he’ll be a 3rd catcher. His presence will give Clint Hurdle the peace of mind to use Russell Martin or Tony off of the bench when they aren’t starting.
The team hasn’t announced a corresponding roster move and I wouldn’t expect them to before tomorrow. I’d probably send down Pie and a pitcher. You don’t need as many pitchers in the playoffs and they have plenty of DL spots to play with to get whoever they want active.
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Posted on December 31, 2012 by David Kaleida
Three weeks ago the Pirates re-signed reliever Jason Grilli to a two year contract. Many observers expected that move to signal the impending trade of closer Joel Hanrahan. Last Tuesday, the other shoe finally fell and Hanrahan was shipped to the Red Sox with IF Brock Holt, for RP Mark Melancon, OF/1B Jerry Sands, IF Ivan De Jesus and AA pitcher Stolmy Pimentel.
Hanrahan will be missed, but Melancon should be able to step into a late inning role fairly easily. The other three pieces have their pros and cons as well: Sands has big time power but doubts as to whther he can adjust to major league pitching. Pimentel has a big fastball but major control issues. De Jesus is similar to Holt – decent bat but stretched defensively at any position but 2B.
All in all, I like this trade for the Bucs. They were able to buy low on Melancon and sell high-ish on Hanrahan. It’s almost an even trade right there; the other pieces just add the potential for this be a huge deal in the Pirates’ favor.
If you’re interested in the Red Sox side of the deal, I’ve updated the trade tree of their blockbuster deal with the Dodgers from this past season, adding a Mark Melancon branch.
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Posted on July 31, 2012 by David Kaleida
The Pirates acquired 1B Gaby Sanchez and minor league RP Kyle Kaminska from the Marlins for OF Gorkys Hernandez and the Pirates’ competitive balance pick in next year’s draft.
Sanchez was horrible for Miami earlier this season, hitting just .202/.250/.306, but he was an All Star last year and has a career line of .260/.334/.402. Gaby is expected to take over Casey McGehee‘s half of the first base platoon. Against lefties Sanchez hits .298/.390/.488.
Kaminska is a 2007 draft pick with a career 4:1 SO:BB ratio in the minors.
Sadly, we say goodbye to one of the great names in the org, Gorkys Hernandez. Your defense will be missed off the bench.
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Posted on March 30, 2012 by David Kaleida
Moments ago on twitter :
RT @PittsburghPG: Pirates deal pitcher Igarashi to Toronto http://bit.ly/Huj5Ak #pittsburgh
As bad as Igarashi was this spring, this is found money. Nice job, Neal.
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Posted on July 31, 2011 by David Kaleida
The Pirates made another deal just before the trade deadline, acquiring OF Ryan Ludwick from the Padres for a Player To Be Named Later or cash.
Ludwick is an immediate upgrade in the OF for the Pirates. Xavier Paul has been exposed playing everyday while Jose Tabata and Alex Presley are hurt. Once they return it will be interesting to see how Clint Hurdle makes out the lineup.
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Posted on July 31, 2011 by David Kaleida
The Pirates made a deal prior to the trade deadline, acquiring Derrek Lee from the Orioles for class A firstbaseman Aaron Baker.
This move effectively ends Lyle Overbay‘s time as the starting firstbaseman. Lee’s first half numbers aren’t much better than Overbay’s this year but he’s better defensively and has been hot over the last month plus.
The trade deadline is today at 4pm. Check back throughout the day to see more trade trees as deals happen.
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Posted on July 19, 2011 by David Kaleida
I’ll start with the bottom line: I don’t expect the Pirates to make a major move.
To celebrate the Pirates being alone in first place this morning, I tuned in to some Pittsburgh sports radio. The topic: What would you give up for Carlos Beltran? I know the radio game, I know the hosts was trying to get people to listen and call in, but seriously?
There will be acquisition(s), but not the big name rental type. They won’t trade anyone off of the major league roster, they’ll trade B-level prospects and take on salary. The only exception to this I could see happening is if they can get a power bat who’ll be part of the team for the next few years, similar to the Penguins trade for James Neal this past season.
They’ll add a reliever who can strike people out, another catcher if Doumit/Snyder have setbacks, and the best RH bat they can get for value. Not money value; they have money to spend. Talent going back will be the key to any deal.
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