Central Notes: Pirates, Ruggiano, Pirates, Bastardo

If the Pirates can’t land a reliever this week, Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review suggests that the Bucs could move Edinson Volquez to the bullpen.  Volquez, who has hit 98 mph on the gun this season, has been trending down since April. More from the Central Divisions..


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  1. Jeff Miller 1 year ago

    I’m a little confused as to why the Pirates would be interested in Byrd at this point unless Marte’s concussion is serious. He’ll be an expensive pick-up and most likely relegated to the bench for ’15. Seems a little bizarre.

    • Travis2014 1 year ago

      And aren’t the Phillies really high on him? Not a guy I’d give a lot up for.

      • Jeff Miller 1 year ago

        He’s got value, arguably the best available outfielder and bat. He’d probably cost the Pirates something like Nick Kingham and Jacoby Jones, which is a steep price for a guy who would likely be a 4th OF in a few weeks, unless the Marte concussion is serious.

        • Thomas Anthony 1 year ago

          Nick Kingham AND JaCoby Jones? No way. I think you’re overestimating .

          • Jeff Miller 1 year ago

            Given the way teams are throwing around prospects for closers, gotta figure an everyday middle of the order bat fetches more.

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      flyerzfan12 1 year ago

      Yeah this really doesn’t make sense unless Marte’s injury is a lot more serious than PIT is letting on. Concussions aren’t something to mess around with, that’s for sure.

  2. Travis2014 1 year ago

    Brewers trade for Emilio Bonifacio and option Logan Schafer. One minor move I really want to see. I think it would be really helpful and I don’t think the fact they are in the same division is much of an issue since his value isn’t very high.

    • bigbadjohnny 1 year ago

      The problem is, the Brewers farm system has no one to trade for.

      • Travis2014 1 year ago

        Oh that was so funny dude…Bonofacio is worth a C prospect at best. Every team in baseball could trade for Bonifacio and not even take the slightest hit to their farm.

        • bigbadjohnny 1 year ago

          Brewers don’t even have a “C” prospect.
          But that is oaky, there are other teams that can offer more then the Brewers could offer….. ya hey dere.

          • Travis2014 1 year ago

            No troll I will not feed you again!

  3. Dan Muccino 1 year ago

    Exactly how does a player trend down since April? And on top of it all, Volquez has actually improved since May. Any move to the bullpen wont be because of poor play, but because the Pirates wont want to lose other assets that would be unable to move to the pen

    • Ron Loreski 1 year ago

      I don’t understand what he means by that either. Other than May, he’s actually been pretty solid this year.

    • rct 1 year ago

      Yep. Aside from one atrocious start in June, he’s had a 2.36 ERA over 68.2 innings since late May.

  4. GrilledCheese39 1 year ago

    Byrd could make sense for the Pirates if he could be converted to 1B. Although he’s good in the OF, he’s getting up there and age and should do well at 1B. I would love to have him back, but not as a fourth outfielder because he is expensive.

    • Dan Muccino 1 year ago

      If the Pirates have staunchly refused to hand Pedro a 1B mit midseason, I don’t see how they try to teach Byrd a new position midseason

      • GrilledCheese39 1 year ago

        Ok, then maybe let Byrd be the fourth outfielder for the rest of the year (platoon for Polanco, and fill in for Marte while he is out) then teach him 1B in the offseason?

        • Dan Muccino 1 year ago

          Idk, to me that limits Byrd’s value, which is more than a 4th OF, and it limits Polanco’s development. He needs to learn how to hit lefties, and he can’t do that from the bench. And finally, it’s wasting the value in prospects it would cost to give up not using Byrd as a full time player this year. The trade for Byrd doesn’t fly for me.

        • Ron Loreski 1 year ago

          Platoon Polanco? I think you’re giving up on his skills a little too soon.

  5. Nathan Boley 1 year ago

    Volquez has been trending down? What? That’s just plain incorrect.

    • disqus_GCP3t2KAY4 1 year ago

      I think he means in pitch speed, which is technically true but actually ticked to a high point last month, if I recall correctly. Otherwise, it had to be May, his worst month. Regardless, he’s shown speed isn’t everything.

    • disqus_GCP3t2KAY4 1 year ago

      I think he means in pitch speed, which is technically true but actually ticked to a high point last month, if I recall correctly. Otherwise, it had to be May, his worst month. Regardless, he’s shown speed isn’t everything.

  6. Pei Kang 1 year ago

    The Pirates should target starting pitching…good starting pitching. If any team that should land a David Price type, it’s them.

    • TL 1 year ago

      Maybe that is part of the strategy: sign Byrd so they can include Marte in a package for a top SP? Its highly unlikely but you never know. I don’t otherwise understand why they want Byrd. He doesn’t make sense as a 4th OF given his price/option and the fact that the Pirates already have two great 4th OF in Harrison and Snider.

      • Pei Kang 1 year ago

        I’d rather keep Marte, even though he’s an iffy type of hitter at this point in his career.

    • bigbadjohnny 1 year ago

      Edwin Jackson would look in a Pirate uniform.

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