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Pirates acquire Jeanmar Gomez from Cleveland

 

ESPN’s Keith Law reported today that the Pirates have acquired “staring pitcher” Jeanmar Gomez from Cleveland for ” OF prospect” Quincy Latimore. I put those positions in quotes because both players barely qualify as such.

Gomez, 24, posted a 5.96 ERA over 90 2/3 innings last season. He’s a “sixth starter” type player who also is serviceable in a middle relief or mop up role. He has pitched in parts of three seasons with the Indians.

Latimore, 23, was the Pirates’ fourth round pick in 2007 and has shown some pop in his time in the minors, hitting 15+ homers in each of the past three seasons. However, his highest OPS came in 2010 in High-A ball at .767. At this point, Latimore looks like an organizational guy with a very low chance of cracking a Major League roster.

Gomez will be placed on the Pirates’ 40-man roster, but I will be pretty surprised if he is still on it by Opening Day. He is out of options, so would have to clear waivers if he doesn’t make the 25-man roster.

 
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MLB Network Remembers Roberto Clemente

As we approach the 40th anniversary of Roberto Clemente‘s tragic death, MLB Network has an awesome 12 minute feature on the Pirates’ legendary right fielder. Being alive to witness Clemente play is one of the biggest wishes I have always had. Anytime I see something like this it always stirs up emotions in me, so I can’t even imagine what it does to those who actually experienced him first-hand.

Enjoy:

 
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A Farewell to Joel Hanrahan

For the record, and I’ll get into it more later, I think the trade for Joel Hanrahan was pretty fair for both teams. I don’t think there’s a winner or a loser. As a Pirates fan, you have to realize that spending $7 million on someone who pitches 60 innings a year just is not a feasible and real thing that can happen for small-market baseball teams nowadays. Thinking otherwise is just silly. I wish the Pirates could do that, but it just doesn’t make sense.

With that being said, I loved watching Joel Hanrahan over the three and a half years he wore a Pirates uniform and he was one of my favorite players on the team. Watching Twitter explode at the beginning of every ninth inning was great and it is always nice having someone who you trust with a small lead late in a game. I’m definitely going to miss him and will be rooting for him to continue his success in Boston.

Enjoy. [courtesy of Drew Brown]

 
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Pirates Trade Joel Hanrahan to Red Sox in Six-Player Deal

Today, it was announced that the Pirates and Red Sox had, indeed finalized a deal that sends RHP Joel Hanrahan and 2B Brock Holt to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for RHP Mark Melancon, OF/1B Jerry Sands, 2B Ivan De Jesus, and RHP Stolmy Pimentel.

Hanrahan, 31, was acquired by Pittsburgh in 2009 from the Washington Nationals and served as the team’s closer the past two seasons. The two-time All-Star converted 76 of 84 save opportunities during that span. Hanrahan is set to earn around $7 million this season in his final year of arbitration.

Holt, 24, was the Pirates’ 9th round pick in 2009 and made his ML debut last season. Over 72 plate appearances, Holt posted a line of .292/.329/.354. He owns a career .317 batting average over four minor league seasons.

Melancon, 27, served as the Houston Astros closer during 2011, converting 20 of 25 save opportunities before being traded to Boston last year. He laid an egg last year with a 6.20 ERA with the Red Sox.

Sands, 25, is a power-hitting corner OF and is capable of playing first base as well. He played in just nine games at the ML level last season, but hit .296/.375/.524 with 26 homers in the hitter friendly PCL, so it will be interesting to see how that translates at the ML level. He has hit 25+ homers in each of the past three years in the minors.

De Jesus, 25, has little ML experience, but his time in the minors show he’s similar to Holt. He has hit for average, but not much power.

Pimental, 22, is the only player in the trade with no ML experience. Last year at Double-A, he posted a 4.59 ERA in 115 2/3 innings with 86 strikeouts and 42 walks.

Holt and Hanrahan were both on the Pirates’ 40-man roster. Melancon and Sands were on the Red Sox’ 40-man roster, so there won’t need to be any additional roster shuffling because of this trade. De Jesus was designated for assignment last month and was not claimed. He will receive a non-roster invitation to Spring Training.

That’s the final deal and a little about each player. I’ll have more with my thoughts on the trade later on.

 
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Knobler: Tigers Not Interested in Joel Hanrahan

The Tigers are in need of a late-inning reliever or closer and have a young, solid starting pitcher that they are likely to trade. The Pirates need a solid starting pitcher and have a late-inning reliever or closer that they are likely to trade.

Because of those two things, many have wondered that a deal involving the Pirates’ Joel Hanrahan and Tigers’ Rick Porcello makes sense for both teams. But Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports otherwise.

 

I still think the Pirates should be making a pretty strong push for Porcello, but if the Tigers are not interested in Hanrahan, it does make it a little harder for the Pirates to put together a package for him.

 
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Bucs Re-Sign Jason Grilli to Two-Year Deal

Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Jason Grilli has (for real this time) re-signed with the Pirates for two years pending a physical. Terms have not yet been disclosed.

Also, this might be a first:

 

Grilli has been superb for the Pirates since his acquisition in 2011, posting a 2.76 ERA and a 12.5 K/9 ratio in 91 1/3 innings over his 1 1/2 seasons serving as the team’s setup man. He is now 36 years old but really showed no signs yet of ineffectiveness.

This deal also leads us to the question, “Does this make Joel Hanrahan more expendable?” A trade involving Hanrahan could provide some much-needed help in other areas with Grilli poised to handle late-inning situations for a couple of years.

UPDATE – 4:40 PM:

Jon Heyman is reporting that Grilli’s deal is worth $6.75 million over the two years of the contract.

 
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