Grabow/Gorzelanny Trade Breakdown

The Pirates traded John Grabow and Tom Gorzelanny to the Chicago Cubs for three prospects. Here is a breakdown of all of the players involved.

The Pirates give…

John Grabow: Grabow has been a reliable reliever, and is a free agent after the season. He’s currently eligible for Type A status, which means he’ll fetch two first round comp picks at the end of the season if the Cubs offer him arbitration and he signs elsewhere.

Tom Gorzelanny: Gorzelanny struggled in the majors last year, and had mixed results as a reliever this year. He had success as a starter at AAA, and will probably have four years of control remaining beyond this season.

The Pirates get…

Kevin Hart: Hart was the sixth best prospect in the Chicago system this year, according to Baseball America. Hart is 6’4″, 220 pounds, right handed, and turns 27 in December. Hart had a career 3.88 ERA in 60.1 innings pitched in the majors before today, with a 45:38 K/BB ratio. Hart went six innings for the Cubs today, getting the win, allowing three runs on six hits, with two walks and four strikeouts. He throws 94-96 MPH as a reliever, but can also pitch out of the back of the rotation.

Jose Ascanio: Ascanio is a 24 year old right handed pitcher. He’s been a starter in the minors, with a 3.16 ERA and a 47:18 K/BB ratio in 51.1 innings pitched in the AAA rotation this year. Ascanio pitched 15.1 innings in relief in the majors this year, with a 3.52 ERA, and an 18:9 K/BB ratio. Ascanio is a hard thrower who tops out at 96-97 MPH. Ascanio will join Indianapolis.

Josh Harrison: Harrison is a 5’8″, 175 pound infielder playing in high A ball. He was taken in the sixth round last year. Harrison had a .337 average at low A this year in 303 at-bats, and currently has a .286 average in 70 at-bats in high A ball. He will join Lynchburg. Harrison was drafted as a second baseman, where his bat plays best.

Reaction to the Deal…

The Pirates get two major league ready pitchers who can either start, or pitch from the back of the bullpen. They also get a second base project in A ball, an area where they’re weak at talent. The simple breakdown is that the Pirates traded a major league left handed reliever, and a AAA starter for a major league right handed starter, a AAA starter, and a lower level infielder.

Hart and Ascanio each have five years of service time remaining at the least, so each will be fixtures in the Pirates system through the 2014 season. Grabow was making $2.3 M this season, which means the Pirates owed about $834 K on the remainder of the deal.

The deal leaves the Pirates short of left handed relievers, although they do have Daniel Moskos and Kyle Bloom in the AA rotation, and I’ve always felt that their futures were in the major league bullpen.

Tim Williams

Author: Tim Williams

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