Virtually all the attention on the Pirates’ trade possibilities this offseason has centered on All-Star outfielder Bryan Reynolds. Extension talks hit a snag, and Reynolds requested a trade. Pittsburgh has maintained they won’t move off their lofty asking price on the 27-year-old, who’s controllable for three more seasons. They seem open to offers but have at least signaled they won’t make a deal unless blown away by the package of young talent they’d receive.
Whether Reynolds gets dealt is one of the bigger remaining storylines of the offseason, but he’s certainly not the only player on the Pittsburgh roster who could attract attention. The Bucs have stockpiled a number of veterans on one-year commitments — Ji-Man Choi, Vince Velasquez and Austin Hedges among them — who could be midseason trade candidates. Star closer David Bednar would have a ton of appeal in the unlikely event the Pirates made him available. One player who has seemingly flown under the radar in rumors is JT Brubaker, but he seems the most plausible trade candidate in Pittsburgh’s rotation.
At first glance, it looks obvious why Brubaker hasn’t been the subject of much public trade speculation. He has pitched in three big league seasons and has a 4.99 ERA through 315 2/3 innings. The righty hasn’t posted an ERA better than this past season’s 4.69 mark in any of those years. Despite pitching his home games in a very favorable park, Brubaker hasn’t managed to keep runs off the board consistently. He’s not going to be a primary target for a win-now club that feels they’re a starter away from contention.
That said, teams will obviously look beyond a pitcher’s ERA in evaluating that player, and Brubaker has shown more promise than one might surmise with a cursory glance at his Baseball Reference page. ERA estimators like FIP and SIERA have viewed the Akron product more favorably than his ERA would suggest in all three of his big league campaigns. That’s a reflection of strikeout and walk numbers that’d look right in line with what one would expect from their fourth starter.
Brubaker has struck out 23-24% of opponents in all three seasons, while he’s kept his walk percentage in the 7-8% range. Over 144 innings in 2022, the former sixth-round draftee put up a 22.8% strikeout rate that was narrowly better than the 21.6% league average for starters. He walked 8.4% of batters faced, slightly higher than the 7.5% league mark. On a pitch-for-pitch basis, Brubaker also fared reasonably. He generated swinging strikes on 11.8% of his offerings, right in line with the rate from his prior two seasons. That’s a tick better than the 10.7% league figure.
It’s a fairly similar story from a batted ball perspective. Brubaker’s 44% grounder rate is fine, marginally better than par. Even his pitches themselves seem almost exactly average. His sinker checked in at 93.1 MPH this past season, which is middle-of-the-pack. Brubaker’s mid-80s slider is the highlight of his arsenal, a quality swing-and-miss pitch he uses with frequency against same-handed hitters. That’s his go-to offering once he gets ahead in the count against righties, and it has been effective at finishing off opponents when he needs a strikeout.
While Brubaker’s strikeout/walk profile is solid, his run prevention has yet to match up. That’s not entirely poor luck, as he’s given up a decent amount of hard contact. Left-handed hitters have given him real trouble, which isn’t especially surprising for a sinker-slider specialist who doesn’t regularly feature a changeup in his arsenal. Brubaker doesn’t have a great weapon to stay off barrels against lefty hitters, and they hit him hard in 2022. Over 298 plate appearances, opposing southpaws put a .269/.339/.481 line. While Brubaker induced grounders on over half his batted balls against right-handed opponents, lefties got the ball in the air roughly 65% of the time. Despite facing 50 more right-handed hitters on the season, he allowed three more homers to left-handed batters.
That’s a legitimate concern, and that contact profile partially explains the gap between his 4.99 career ERA and the more favorable marks from FIP (4.43) and SIERA (4.04). Without finding a better weapon against lefties, he’ll probably underperform those estimators to some extent. That said, he’s likely due for some positive regression, even if it’s not all the way to the 4.04 mark SIERA would suggest. Brubaker finished in the bottom 20 starters in left-on-base rate this year, and more favorable sequencing of the baserunners he allows should naturally improve his ERA. If another team feels confident in their ability to tinker with his repertoire or improve his changeup to better handle southpaws, they could eye him as an interesting change-of-scenery play.
To be clear, Brubaker isn’t going to come anywhere close to attracting the attention Reynolds or Bednar would on the trade market. Yet there’s some appeal for clubs in securing average to slightly below-average innings at little financial cost. The market for mid-tier starting pitchers has been extremely strong. Players like Taijuan Walker and Jameson Taillon secured four-year deals with underlying marks not much better than Brubaker’s. Brubaker wouldn’t have commanded that kind of outlay as a free agent given his platoon/hard contact issues. Yet one could argue he’s better than Kyle Gibson, who landed a $10MM guarantee from the Orioles for his age-35 season, or Jordan Lyles, who has agreed to terms on a two-year, $17MM pact with the Royals.
Brubaker turned 29 in November, and he’s controllable for three more seasons. Entering his first year of arbitration eligibility, he’s projected by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz for an even $2MM salary. He’s affordable enough for any team, and while that includes the Pirates, they don’t seem likely to take an arbitration-eligible starter off the table as they continue their rebuild. Pittsburgh GM Ben Cherington and his staff don’t need to make a deal, but Brubaker’s not the type of player they’d steadfastly refuse to entertain relinquishing.
The free agent rotation market has gained plenty of steam the past few weeks. There hasn’t been any movement on the trade front for starting pitching, although that figures to pick up with the number of free agent hurlers dwindling. Brubaker wouldn’t be as exciting an addition as landing Pablo López or Trevor Rogers from the Marlins, but he should be on teams’ radars as a fallback target later in the winter.
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The best thing i can say about Brubaker is that he’s very inconsistent and doesn’t go deep in games. His $2M salary fits right in with the Pirates.
The Pirates need a couple of guys who can go 170-180 innings in a season.
when Brubaker’s slider doesn’t slide he can give up monster home runs and that’s often
The notion of Brubaker being traded feels like pure speculation on the part of Mr. Franco. Not that Brubaker is untouchable, but he seems to be in their plans and is just reaching arbitration this season. His innings pitched were second on the club behind Keller. He’s a decent #4/5 type starter, although, maybe higher on this club.
and as bucsfan pointed out, his salary is a fit.
Sounds about right trade a player that’s 3 to 4 years in majors to a contender and they will blossom, pirates get prospects, none turn out
There’s actually a major league team in Pittsburgh?
Kind of like asking if there is class and integrity among Yankees fans
@tiredolddude-Trade Reynolds somewhere already. Poor guys just rotting on that minor league team. Give em’ a chance to finally win.
Two years away from being two years away…. the motto of all Bucs fans
I think the guy is sick of losing and I’m not sure he sees a light at the end of the tunnel
Shame. He’s the only real player they have. But don’t just give him away
Reynolds still has 3 years of control, Lieutenant, er, excuse me, Captain.
There’s no reason to trade him
Yeah, they’ve got uniforms and everything. It’s really neat.
So, the best Bucs trade chip other than BR is a 9-28 pitcher with a career 5 ERA and a roughly 1.40 WHIP?
Should do a poll: if Reynolds will be traded and to which team…
If they’re after a Soto type deal like has been reported, he’ll be in Pittsburgh.
Yeah, they will have to settle for less if they want to trade him. He’s a great asset, but nowhere near Soto. Probably the reason nothing has come to fruition then.
Goku the All Knowing
They’re not trading him so it doesn’t matter
Boom! This is the right response.
Starting to think the Pirates are afraid to improve their team?
And add another poll: Can MLBTR go a week without regurgitating another “Will the Pirates Trade Reynolds?” Story
Relax dude, Reynolds is just the flavor of the month. As soon as he’s dealt another player will come along and take his place.
The Pirates held on to McCutchen and Marte through their age 30 seasons and that’s apparently the plan now for Reynolds, or it should be, since they control him until then. McCutchen was a much better player then, than Reynolds is now, and Marte was, too. Still, Reynolds is the best player on this Pirates team, so let’s hold on to him.
Unless we get a starting pitcher and a major league ready outfielder
You Yankees fans are too much, Reynolds isn’t going anywhere this offseason, the GM said as much last week
How did a response saying they should do a poll about Reynolds, in response to an article that talks about Reynolds elicit a response that “Yankees fans are too much?”
this isn’t the only time I’ve read one of your posts regarding trading Reynolds, it’s like you’re a broken record
So, you’ve read other posts about Reynolds trades in response to articles that discuss…..Reynolds trades?! Oh my! How dare I! Not to mention the Yankees were specifically tied to the Pirates & Reynolds on multiple news sources.
You’re bordering on trolling (and very poorly) at this point. Or, your reading comprehension is so poor you have no chance at life.
The miserable old man 3 hates Yankees, hates pirates, hates himself. No idea why Yankees fans want Reynolds though. They only think he is worth Devi and Schmidt. A few of them are willing to include the plummeting Dominguez. Doesn’t seem like anyone worth discussing so much if that’s all he is worth.
@YourDreamGM- Jasson Dominguez is going nowhere, stop being delusional. It’s not happening. It makes too much sense to trade Bryan Reynolds. When have the Pirates made any sense?
Maybe we should stop calling him Bryan Reynolds, and start calling Bryan Mays. Smh
If you read what we said, you will see we agree with you. Though if you believe anything a GM says about players staying or going, I have a bridge I’d like to sell you.
@Joe says: I know, right? And that bridge is just 3 miles from my house in Park Slope!
It’s not only the Yankee fans it’s everybody in the MLB wanting Reynolds. Personally, I don’t think he’s that good and the Pirates are crazy with the asking price.
he has 3 years of control left which is why they’re asking for the moon and the stars
So you would undersell him? He’s pretty good and nearly every team wants him. People like you said McCutchen wasn’t good too. But hey, what do I know?!?! I am just the average fan of the game that roots for a loser year in and year out. Reynolds may not be a Judge or Trout, but he is up there with Nimmo. Just saying
It’s not only the Yankee fans it’s everybody in the MLB wanting Reynolds. Personally, I don’t think he’s that good and the Pirates are crazy with the asking price. Especially with the team that will never go nowhere close to the playoffs.
I don’t think Reynolds is a superstar. I don’t think he warrants the haul that Soto brought the Nats
But I’ll be glad in the front office sticks to it’s guns instead of just giving him away
And that last comment about “never” getting near the playoffs? Yeah, ok
I think the Pirates asking price is fair because 1. He has 3-4 years of control 2. His market is solid and cheaper than a guy like Nimmo, with similar stats (except Reynolds has more HRs as Nimmo has gone to contact first). Anyone would be foolish to under sell him just to meet his trade desire. Underselling cost the Pirates in Aramis Rameriz (Cubs) or Jose Baustisa (Blue Jays) prospects and remaining competitive for years. One could argue that they undersold Gerrit Cole to Houston as well. Reynolds has plenty of value, but not at a price fans like. So they diminish player(s) of opposing teams because of their own personal attachments to players or prospects on their own team. Yankees fans are some of the rudest fans in all of sports. I still hearing the booing and hackling Yankees fans done on Judge during the ALCS. Yankees had to give Judge that record breaking deal due to the arrogance of the fan base. He carried that club on his back all the way to the ALCS and fans treated the guy like crap afterwards. Now he’s going to be the whipping boy from the fans as he’s laughing all the way to the bank. If he has less than stellar years from next year on, it would be justice from him. Collect that money and rub it in that fan base faces. Then go home and shower himself with Benjamin’s!
And you can keep your doctor if you like him.
I kept my doctor, maybe you would have too if you were actually employed instead of drawing welfare
Goku the All Knowing
liberal literally means govt being liberal with money, as opposed to conservative.
so why would someone ok with liberal spending knock the welfare system?
thought u wouldn’t care which direction the money is pissed.
Curly Was The Smart Stooge
I love chips, they don’t always work
I love CHIPS too. Great old-timer TV show.
Goku the All Knowing
more of a cheeto guy but plain ruffles slap with some French onion dip
Is there a possibility that the Youngstown flood could come again and wash the Pirates down the retching Monongahela?
And I know that Ohio and Penn. aren’t the same state.
I think you’re referring to the Johnstown Flood, which was in PA. But the Monongahela flows into Pittsburgh, not out of it.
Just delete the comment.
DeGrom Texas Ranger
What about Mitch Keller and Contreras? They would likely fetch more. Keller has just 3 years left and would be less of a face of the franchise than Reynolds.
because those two are part of the rebuild and have a place in the rotation. Brubaker is a dfa canidate once priester or ortiz are ready
Yes because the pirates are bad so why not trade a promising young pitcher for more prospects and never get good. No reason to do that and will never happen because another team wouldn’t be willing to part with the prospects to get it done. Ridiculous.
I can’t for the life of me fathom why the Pirates would trade these two guys. I mean, you’re talking about completely decimating the pitching staff. “Fetch more?” More what, exactly? Prospects?
The Pirates are in perpetual re-build mode. Are they going to be allowed to see what all of these prospects can actually do to build a competitive team before someone thinks they should be traded for even more prospects?
I don’t think anyone would trade for Keller and why on earth would they trade away Contrares who is a rookie??? Young pitching is what they desperately need.
Brubaker is another guy who’s likely flourish in another organization. His love affair with Main Street here—whether it’s the fastball or hanging spin pitch—has made him a favorite among kayakers in the Allegheny River
Isn’t there anyone in the organization who can teach guys like Brubaker, Wilson and Thompson how to pitch?
Those two can’t pitch in the majors, Brubaker can, he’s proven to be at least a mid rotation guy at best. He has the stuff to get major league hitters out, others are spot starters/bullpen fodder at most.
I’d keep Bru because his value to the team as a mid/upper rotation arm exceeds what the can get back for him as another team would see him as a fifth starter and not offer much.
C Yards Jeff
@tiredolddude: liked “…kayakers in the Allegheny River” take.
No injury history and cheap. Keep him.
certainly not this organization, Dude
Other than Keller the pitching staff basically digressed last year. Of course it didn’t help that Shelton often misused or overworked some pitchers
If I were the Pirates, I would hang on to him. I’ve always kind of liked Brubaker’s stuff. I think he’s a prime candidate to get better as the talent around him gets better. His arm is fine, his mechanics are repeatable, and his approach is improving. One new pitch or new grip on an old pitch and he’s suddenly a guy everyone would want. The Pirates would be silly to sell low on a quality arm with three years of control and upside.
He’d make a fine #5/6 in SD.. with Petco and that D behind him that ERA goes under 4 with 150+ inninhs… also let Niebla figure out lefties and let’s ride
He reminds me a bit of a young Musgrove
Sadly 38 of the 40 man roster are trade chips. Pirates are in constant rebuild, hence the empty seats in that beautiful ballpark.
AF is some kind of bored tonight
I noticed myself souring on Reynolds then I realized players requesting trades or other chicanery don’t last in Pittsburgh. Fans just don’t put up with it… being the off season and most fans zoned out those of us who haven’t zoned pay more attention to the numbers rather than the people this time of year.
Now… Bryan seems like a pretty private and reserved person, I wonder if the request is blown up more than it should be. Might have been something like, pay me or trade me I can understand that more. Contract tactic.
If it was an out right, trade me then problems arise for me. If that was the case, I’d actively make offers to other teams. If i don’t get what i want I would sit Bryan. You don’t want to play here, okay keep the bench warm for those who do. I’m kind of a jerk in that way.
I still say that the pay increase is coupled with constant losing where Reynolds is concerned. You can almost read the body language. Quite literally, he is the only consistent offensive threat in the lineup
Here is a team in a rebuild trying to develop prospects.
So here comes MLBTR (and other media people and fans posting here) suggesting they trade any controlled young players they have that can play in MLB……for more prospects.
Meanwhile the Pirates sign some older guys that everyone agrees are great signings……because if they do good then the Pirates can trade them at the deadline…..for yet more prospects….and if they suck that can play for Pirate fans the rest of the year.
The prospects that wash out can be released. while the prospects that have any value (no matter how little) can be traded for more prospects.
They also believe that small market teams coming out of successful rebuilds with gobs of youngsters that can play in the majors – many of whom will get better for years – shouldn’t be “cheap” and should give name free agents $25-35m AAV 6-8 year contracts. That’ll work out well. When the quality home grown players are ready to hit free agency as they’re established and have years of high production ahead of them, the teams will have to trade them for more prospects because they won’t have the money to pay them – due to the FA’s they signed in 2022 eating up too much of the payroll….that now are old, deteriorating and getting injured…so no teams will take on their salaries.
Can learn a lot here.
Bryan is in a scary position. A lot can happen between age 28 and 31. See Yelich and McCutchen. I wouldn’t want to give him 150 million for his age 31 to 37 seasons. And that is the bare minimum he is looking for. He has zero desire to have his arbitration bought out and give the pirates 2 free agent years. Be a free agent at 33 no thanks. Pirates aren’t the bad guys here imo. I want Reynolds 3 best seasons and thank you see you later. Let someone else pay for his 30s decade.
I wouldn’t give him a guaranteed through 37 ‘high priced’. But I wouldn’t balk at the idea of going to 34 plus some options that have moderate buy outs to take him to 35-40.
something like buy outs for last to arbs at 10m and 15m. then 20m for two years and one at 25 giving him 70M taking him to age 34 (if my math is right) then dropping in three options at 25m with 2m buy outs with the first option being player and the others team. Maybe drop in a partial no trade clause.
Gives Bryan the option of getting 99m over 5 years, just under 20m AAV. I’d also drop in some performance bonuses. so he is guaranteed 99M if he drops off horribly but can get more if he performs.
If I was Bryan I would do it but if I was Bryan i’d also hold out a bit longer for more. I wouldn’t wait too long though, just in case.
He wants 200 million guarantee career ending contract.
I want to go to dinner with Olivia Munn. not going to happen
In which case.. i’m with you.. take what ever performance he gives and wave bye bye.
I doubt anyone would give him that as an extension with his current age and this point in his career.
I wouldn’t rule the Mets and Padres out of anything. Point taken though.
If a team offered a fair price for Brubaker he would already been traded. Pirates are going to have to get his potential from him first or sell low on him.
As @holecamels wrote above and as @DonOsborne added, the kid has stuff. Lots of potential there if he can get out of his own way
You know, they seem to have a lot of pitchers now—kind of like the middle infield situation. I hope they make good decisions moving forward. You’ve amassed all this youth—-don’t jump the gun. Let the process play out
Never enough pitching. Will be time to trade Keller Brubaker in a year or 2. Contreras is due for his tommy john. Who knows what will happen with other pitchers. A few will hit. The rest busts and tjs. Pirates built up a good system and hope they keep it up.
I don’t get your logic, Dream. So you’re buying into the idea that they will be in a forever-rebuild mode? And they call me negative, lol
Forever reload mode. Their goal is to be Tampa Cleveland.
Ok. Now I understand. You know, the average fan could actually live with that. But jeez, they’d better upgrade their scouting and development departments
Only way for a small market to go. Player development has improved significantly but still a long ways to go.
And your take actually makes sense and is do-able. I’m just wondering if Pirates brass have settled on this strategy and have thrown out whatever script that had them all over the road for the past few years
If the minors are as stocked as we keep hearing—-and I’m still unsure if the first wave was just a small sample size—again, I think most fans could live with your idea. Kind of flies in the face of the draft/accumulate prospects—develop—gain experience—compete—-trade them all away and start again method they’d been gearing towards
2020 21 22 was all tank and rebuild. Zero effort into trying to win games. Correct move. They didn’t have enough talent to contend and it wasn’t under enough control. Can’t reload with all expiring contracts and average at best farm system. Going forward everyone will either sign a team friendly extension or will be traded before free agency. Maybe a few will be kept if there is still compensation and the offers aren’t strong.
This is nothing new. Teams have been doing this since free agents started getting real money. Pirates have been doing this for 20 years. Giles to Bay to opps reload over. Hanrahan to Melancon to Rivero to opps reload over. Cutch to Reynolds to we will see. Cole to Musgrove to Rodriguez Bednar to we will see. Huntington failed because player development was awful. At least Pittsburgh is trying. Other small markets haven’t even embraced this idea yet or had nearly as much success.
You know, Dream, I have to thank you for the enlightenment. It was more than the operating strategy I put forward—there was thinking behind it. But you’re saying it fails completely if the minors are without talent Ok. Makes sense
Correct. Pittsburgh is exactly the same as the raved about Tampa and Cleveland. Minus the elite player development. Huntington didn’t draft well enough but worse than that was player development. With better player development you are talking about a Pittsburgh dynasty if being above 500 most years is a dynasty (for Pittsburgh I say yes). How do the 2018 2019 2020 seasons look if Pittsburgh had San Diego Musgrove, Washington Bell who could actually throw, Tampa Meadows and Glasnow. If he traded Rivero when he should have.
Have to be cold blooded though. Reynolds has to go. If Cruz doesn’t accept a team friendly deal well in 5 years he is gone. Nobody can leave Pittsburgh without equal or better value coming back. No mega free agent awful contracts. No paying for marginal talent. Cherington is doing well so far. Made a few moves recently that are going to show if he is just solid or elite.
So my last stupid question to you. Given what you’ve written, I understand the free agent signings they made over the last three off seasons. Essentially, tanking while adding a serviceable arm they could flip for prospects
Overall, how do this off season’s signings play into the strategy? Just biding time while the kids get experience? Or are they finally trying to compete this season
None of your questions have been stupid. I feel privilege that I have brought something useful or interesting to you. Always enjoy talking baseball and wish more people on here was as active as you are.
2021 2022 was going to be bad whether they tanked or not. Many key players had 2 years or less of service time left and the “always contend method” says they had to go. Musgrove Bell Taillon Frazier Marte is too much for any team to lose and still contend. If you can’t contend then its better to win 60 games and get a top 4 draft pick vs winning 75 and getting a non top 10 pick. Best odds for the pirates to get elite talent is to draft it. Best odds in draft are top 1 3 5 picks. Every down draft spot lessens the odds. They can buy elite talent at soon to be 400 million players. Teams try their best not to trade it. You also need the spots. How can you find out what Cruz Marcano Castro Bae can do if Newman Frazier are there?
Going to post this and then answer your 2023 ?. Give you something to read and don’t want to lose everything like Mendoza.
Right. So if you are adding middling pitchers or another outfielder (I have to discount 1st base as amazingly, they had no one in the pipeline) aren’t they jamming young pitchers and outfielders up?
Again, the tanking makes Shelton’s lineups over the past two seasons make a great deal of sense And given the fact that player development seems to be a scenario of, “Well, we hope the kids progress on their own,” all of the past three seasons fit into your narrative quite well
Like the old Corona ads, I’m changing my whole latitude where this team is concerned. But I’ll ask again, where do this off season’s signings fit into your thinking. Thanks. I enjoy the convo too
Attempting to compete in 2023. They don’t have a mlb ready 1b. Choi and Santana should provide solid defense and 700 ops. 2 of the best options they could get. Other free agents will probably put up better numbers but how much better? And not for 6 million. They got 40 or 60 million. And is Rizzo Abreu really coming to Pittsburgh? Definitely would take more money to convince them. Catcher they needed one. Vince has good stuff so worth 4 million to see if you can maximize him. Hopefully some of them become trade chips to keep the reload going.
Every other position is filled and contending depends on the young players. If all or even most are good then hello playoffs. If it’s a mix (which is much likelier) 70 some wins. Will be far the best Pirates team to watch since 2019. 5 legit starters with Wilson Thompson for injury replacement and a handful of legit and better prospects ready in the minors. Bullpen looks stacked. Like top 15 in baseball. Depth at every position really. Pittsburghs system doesn’t have elite talent but lots of mlb talent. Injuries shouldn’t factor in for years.
No one is being blocked. If you can keep Ortiz out of the rotation in April and May, you get an entire additional season of him in Pittsburgh. Absolutely you block him for 2 months. You block Bae too. I will put up seeing Connor Joe for 2 months if it means a extra year of Bae. Endy isn’t ready but even if he was you know what I am going to say. Every team does it. And I promise you Kris Bryant and Adley Rutschman were light years more mlb ready than Bae and Rodriguez.
Thanks, Dream. Enjoy the insights and you expounding on ideas for me. I certainly didn’t give ownership and the front office credit for having foresight. (I still think Nutting is a carpetbagger )
I’m going to be interested in how the personnel shakes out through spring training and how it translates on the field come April and beyond
Appreciate your thoughts, Dream. Happy Holidays
Just seen your thumbs up. You don’t want more do you? I mean I can give you more. Lol Happy Holidays to you as well. It’s Merry Christmas for me but it isn’t a big deal. I’m hoping the pirates sneak in the Reynolds trade on Christmas like they did with Bell.
I’ll be reading your thoughts with interest in the standard MLBTR articles on the possibility of Reynolds being traded each week, I assure you
Spring training sure is going to be interesting
This feels like the writers were thinking, “We forgot all about Pittsburgh!! We better pick a player and do a couple paragraphs so their fans hush”.
I think it’s a cash crab. Pittsburgh articles seem to do well. Not NY BOS well but well enough to make a write up on.
Pirates have been ‘in the news’ this off season with their signings. nothing spectacular but notable.
This guy stinks… seems more likely to be DFA’d than traded.