Pirates Notes: Clement, Wood, Sanchez

If they continue at their current pace, the Pirates will win 69 games this year, a level they haven't reached since 2004.  That year, Oliver Perez posted a 2.98 ERA with 239 strikeouts, Jason Bay slugged .550, and Jose Mesa saved 43 games.  Today's Bucs links:

  • Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports has a feature on the Jeff Clement, one of few draft picks among the first dozen in 2005 who has yet to become at least a big league regular.  The Mariners nearly chose Troy Tulowitzki third overall instead of Clement, but GM Bill Bavasi apparently drafted for need.  Clement's agent Brodie Van Wagenen believes his client didn't get a legitimate opportunity with the Mariners.  Clement is trying to move forward as a first baseman for the Pirates, once he recovers from knee surgery.
  • Regarding recent low-risk pickup Brandon Wood, GM Neal Huntington told Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Our scouts still see the authority off the bat, they still see the raw power, they still see the impact.  Obviously the guy with this kind of pedigree, sometimes a change of scenery helps these guys. Our due diligence we did said it's a good person, it's a hard worker who needed a change of scenery."  Wood's Pirates debut will come tonight at third base, batting sixth against John Lannan and the Nationals.
  • Freddy Sanchez took his '09 trade from the Pirates to the Giants hard, he told Brink's colleague Dejan Kovacevic.  It didn't help that he wasn't able to contribute much to his new team due to knee and shoulder injuries.
  • Be sure to check out MLBTR's Pirates Facebook and Twitter pages and RSS feed.  For my look at the team's 2012 contract issues, click here.

13 Responses to Pirates Notes: Clement, Wood, Sanchez Leave a Reply

  1. Blue387 4 years ago

    I wish the Pirates had gone hard after Joel Piniero when he was a free agent. Then again, I also think they also should have traded Zach Duke to the Rangers, acquire Jeff Baker and sign Mike Hessman, Elijah Dukes and Hank Blalock.

    I get a lot of things wrong.

    • jwredsox 4 years ago

      Elijah Dukes? That’s just asking for trouble.

  2. Ian_Smell 4 years ago

    It was really hard seeing Freddy go, I still really miss him. But I’m really happy that he’s on a winning team, finally.

  3. Who is Brandon Wood’s dad/granddad/uncle/whatever? I didn’t know his family was famous for anything.

    • roomwithamoose 4 years ago

      so you can’t accept it could be moher/grandmom/aunt who was famous you sexist…(I’m kidding)

  4. derekbellstutu 4 years ago

    Jeff Clement is organizational depth at best for the Pirates. I was hoping Clement would be the 1B of the future for the Bucs, but that didn’t work out. Let’s Matt Curry or Aaron Baker can be the 1B long-term.

    Here’s hoping a change of scenery is the remedy for Brandon Wood. This could be a huge win for the Bucs if he pans out.

    What could the Pirates expect to get from the Red Sox in exchange for Chris Snyder? The Red Sox catching situation is perilous. Salty is making a case not to be the long-term answer behind the plate and Varitek is most likely done after this season. Snyder is an upgrade for the Red Sox. He’s more attractive to the Sox than Ryan Doumit and would yield a better return. The Pirates catching would suffer without Snyder, but if the return is right, why not? Huntington has proved he will make the unpopular deals (McLouth) if it will improve the organization.

    • goner 4 years ago

      I’m not sure the Pirates would trade Snyder, or allow him to walk after the season, unless they think Tony Sanchez is ready. After 14 games, Sanchez is hitting .255/.407/.319 at AA, and it appears doubtful he’ll arrive in Pittsburgh this year.

      • derekbellstutu 4 years ago

        gonfalon, I agree that Sanchez is far from ready for the bigs. The Bucs probably won’t see him in the ‘Burgh until summer of 2012 at the earliest. I don’t know if a swap of catchers (Salty for Snyder) is in the Pirates best interest either. Salty may be Ryan Doumit 2.0.

  5. 55saveslives 4 years ago

    I’m sure when Freddy looks at his ring finger, he’s over the trade!

  6. crashcameron 4 years ago

    Jeff Clement over Troy Tulowitzky
    Reason No. ?? why the Mariners are where they are

    • m4r1n3r 4 years ago

      hindsight is 20/20 isn’t it? A great hitting catcher is pretty rare. Just another one of those things where Seattle sports is cursed with horrible luck.

  7. Mark P 4 years ago

    I like how Huntington referred to Brandon Wood as “it” multiple times…was he afraid to say “he” or “him” to personalize it too much and put too much pressure on “him” – Wood…anyone else read anything into that?

  8. Cody 4 years ago

    No thanks on Chris Snyder. We got guys in AA and AAA that could be just as good
    And strike out way less. Plus we wouldn’t have to give up anything.

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