Pirates Interested In Cespedes, Chen, Wada

The Pirates are interested in outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and free agent left-handers Wei-Yin Chen and Tsuyoshi Wada, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Twitter links). However, they'll quickly back away if the bidding on Cespedes gets "crazy." Cespedes is expected to become a free agent relatively soon and Wada and Chen have been able to negotiate with MLB teams since free agency began Thursday.

Wada posted a 1.51 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 in 184 2/3 innings for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in 2011. The 30-year-old is a Dallas Braden type with "a 86-87 mph fastball, a good circle change, and a solid slider," according to Patrick Newman of FanGraphs

MLBTR's Tim Dierkes suggested last month that a four-year, $20MM deal might be enough to sign Chen. The 26-year-old posted a 2.68 ERA with 5.1 K/9 in 164 2/3 innings this past season.

21 Responses to Pirates Interested In Cespedes, Chen, Wada Leave a Reply

  1. Tacho Bill 4 years ago

    Hey, I’m interested in Kate Upton too, but what are the odds of that happening?

  2. formerdraftpick 4 years ago

    If they ended up getting one of the 2 big first basemen on the market and Yoenis Cespedes, they have the makings of a 79 Pirates.

    • Tacho Bill 4 years ago

      I think my chances with Kate Upton are better than that happening.

      • formerdraftpick 4 years ago

        We can all dream.  Have you ever thought of lowering your standards like the Pirates and shoot for Rhea Perlman or Whoopi Goldberg?  They are the Aaron Cook of the supermodel world. 

  3. Dallas Braden-type? So, total douchebag?

  4. chico65 4 years ago

    Sounds to me like the Pirates plan on blowing a wada cash

  5. BucSox 4 years ago

    I would like to know what they consider “crazy”.  Like 20MM?  30?

  6. i could just very well see them sign chen. he sits at 90-93mph with the fastball with good location. occasionally hitting 94mph. filthy curveball that i saw in a video sitting at 69 mph. and then a pitch that looks like a changeup midway through the video sitting at 88mph. if hes got good location, looks to me as if he could be a maholm with slightly more consistent velocity

  7. safari_punch 4 years ago

    Hope they don’t blow their Wada on this guy.

  8. NYPOTENCE 4 years ago

    Pirates should be targeting the younger Soler who will actually fit the Pirates rebuilding plans. Pirates would pay Cespedes all that money for someone who is seven years older than Soler and has not proven anything in the States. It seems to me that the Pirates should be targeting more cost-effective players at this time in their rebuilding process.

  9. bigpat 4 years ago

    I think Cespedes would be a waste of money for the Pirates, and I would probably be upset if they signed him. If they are going to spend money, spend it on an established free agent, or stick to getting the young guys cheaper who will be in the system for many years. He is almost every bit the wild card a draft pick or international prospect is yet comes with a huge pricetag.


  10. vonhayesdays 4 years ago

    or science and math 

  11. Sports33 4 years ago

    Yet Yu Darvish is your profile picture…

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