Yesterday Jason Mackey posted a conversation he had with Ben Cherington following the events of the non-tender deadline. If you read my piece yesterday, you probably can understand why I would be interested in what he had to say.
I’m not sure what I was expecting. Maybe I was going to be irritated by any move they made or didn’t make. I started writing this piece last night after the news started breaking with the only move of note being Will Craig clearing waivers and being outrighted to AAA, along with Clay Holmes being non-tendered and selecting free agency.
Before you argue against or for any of these, keep in mind you can fight all you like, but it won’t matter in the end. Once they identify a path, what’s most important is that they don’t approach it half way.
The Pirates have been boxed into a corner and while this regime didn’t create it, they’ll be tasked with working around it. See, the Pirates have an impossible amount of arbitration ready players next season, and 2022 is even more frightening.
The rumor mill is hottest in the fan base, just as predicted the deadline itself is pretty slow. We heard that team executives around the league wanted to get their deals done early because of the unique circumstances in 2020, well, here we are on deadline eve, what happened?
It’s the silly season, and no I’m not referring to the election, I’m talking about the trade deadline. Every year when it rolls around fans and pundits alike predict who’s coming and who’s going. What package makes sense and who’s involved.
If you have nearly unlimited resources, identifying talent and turning a franchise around makes a lot more sense
Pirates added to their pitching depth by acquiring the recently DFA’d Tyler Bashlor from the New York Mets for everyone’s favorite player, cash considerations.
Trades and rumors of trades is almost as much a part of baseball fandom as hot dogs and Cracker Jack. People love to propose them, dissect them and forecast the results, it’s fun and it makes something that typically could be a painful moment as a fan more palatable.
The agreement in principal between MLB and MLBPA yesterday on a safety package for restarting brought plenty of news, poison pills and interesting changes to the game, today we’re going to focus on the trade deadline and what it could mean for our Pittsburgh Pirates.