Saturday, December 10, 2016

12/10: TRS-PNC Era: Bobby Bo, Awards, Signings & Swaps

  • 1976 - The Pirates traded OF Richie Zisk and RHP Silvio Martinez to the Chicago White Sox for pitchers Goose Gossage and Terry Forster. Except for minor-leaguer Martinez, the players were a year away from free agency, and all three took advantage to find new teams in 1978. But the big name rentals had a payoff: Zisk hit .290 with 30 homers and 101 RBI, and Gossage collected 11 wins, 26 saves and posted a 1.62 ERA with 10.2 K per nine innings. Both were named All-Stars.
Bobby Bo 1987 Fleer
  • 1985 - Bobby Bonilla, who the Bucs signed out of high school in 1981, was taken by the Chicago White Sox in the Rule 5 draft. The Pirates got Bobby Bo back in July of the following year, but it cost them RHP Jose DeLeon. Syd Thrift had signed him as a scout and reeled him back in as GM. It was worth it - from 1986 to 1991, Bonilla had a .284 BA with 114 home runs and 500 RBI's. He also made the All-Star team four years in a row before leaving town.
  • 1999 - Dale Sveum was signed as a free agent. He played three seasons for the Pirates (1996-97, 1999/.260 BA), and also managed at Altoona from 2001-03, winning an Eastern League Manager of the Year award before landing big league skipper jobs with the Brewers and Cubs.
  • 2000 - In a day they came to rue, the Pirates signed free agent OF Derek Bell of "Operation Shutdown" fame to a two-year contract worth $9.75M. Bell left the team during camp in 2002 after hitting .173 in his first campaign and never played in the majors again. The Pirates paid him $4.5M to go away when they cut him; Bell just moved onto his yacht and sailed into the sunset.
Ronny Paulino 2008 Topps Heritage
  • 2008 - The Pirates, in a swap of catchers, traded Ronny Paulino to the Philadelphia Phillies for Jason Jaramillo. The change of scenery didn’t particularly help either player (or team).
  • 2009 - The Pirates signed FA IF Bobby Crosby to a $1M deal with another $500K possible in bonus money. He hit .224, was traded to Arizona and was out of baseball after 2010. He left the majors with a whimper, but entered baseball with a bang, having won the AL Rookie of the Year Award with Oakland in 2005.
  • 2013 - Pittsburgh took three GIBBY (Greatness In Baseball Yearly awards): RHP Mark Melancon won the set-up player of the year, LHP Francisco Liriano took home the comeback player honors, and the Pirates were selected as the storyline of the year for their October run.
Antonio Bastardo (photo Dave Arrigo/Pirates)
  • 2014 - The Pirates traded minor league LHP Joely Rodriguez to the Phillies for LHP setup man Antonio Bastardo. It was a dominoes effect deal, with Bastardo filling a hole in the bullpen caused when southpaw Justin Wilson was traded to the Yankees. Bastardo put up a 4-1-1/2.98 slash in 66 Pirate outings while Rodriguez was removed from the Phil’s 40 man roster and assigned back to the minors after a rough 2015 AAA season. The Pirates lost Antonio to free agency in 2016, but brought him back to town in a deadline deal. He went 3-0, 4.13 in his second coming.
  • 2015 - The Bucs signed free agent RHP Juan Nicasio, who spent 2015 in the LA Dodgers' bullpen, to a one-year/$3M contract with an arb season remaining for 2017. After a spotty stint in the rotation (5-5, 5.05), Juan returned to the pen where he was 5-2 with a 3.88 ERA. To make room on the roster, the Pirates DFA’ed former #1 pick (fourth overall) of 2009, C Tony Sanchez, who played over parts of three seasons in 51 games, hitting .259.


WilliamJPellas said...

You have to give something to get something, but I never liked the Justin Wilson trade. Power armed lefties are very rare, and he was a bulldog and a homegrown kid to boot. I think he is one of the better setup relievers in the game and while I know he is sometimes a bit wild, I'm not sure why he's never gotten any shot at starting, given his build, durability, stuff, and makeup.

Ron Ieraci said...

You're tuff, Will - trading a set-up man for a starting catcher (he was swapped for Cervelli) seems like an OK deal to me. I can't remember what got him relegated to the pen. He never put up big IP numbers in the minors, but don't recall if that was pitch count or minor injury woes; maybe a touch of both. Anyway, he's never started in the MLB. He did have to sit a little bit for the Tigers last year with elbow/shoulder nags. He seems to have settled into a bullpen role. His ERA is 3.28 and FIP 3.21, and like most pen guys, his performance see-saws thx to sample size tho he's never had less than a K per inning. With that live arm, I wouldn't be surprised to see someone use him in a back-end role, at least as an 8th inning bridge.

WilliamJPellas said...

Hey, I'm glad to have Cervelli, and like I said, you have to give value to get value. I just think there are more Cervellis around MLB than there are Wilsons. That's all.