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Pirates Show Interest in Kevin Slowey

The Pittsburgh Pirates, along with the Colorado Rockies, have shown interest in Minnesota Twins right hander Kevin Slowey, according to Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports.  Slowey is currently on a rehab assignment with Minnesota’s AAA affiliate, with a 2.45 ERA in 7.1 innings.  He posted a 4.91 ERA in 14.2 innings with the Twins this year, working out of the bullpen.

Slowey, who is a 27 year old right hander, hasn’t fit in to the Twins plans this year, and has been available the whole season.  He would be a good gamble for the Pirates to take, thinking long term.  He’s only 27, and in 2008 put up a 3.99 ERA in 160.1 innings, along with a 6.9 K/9 and a 1.3 BB/9 ratio.  He’s always kept his walks low, and his strikeout rates have been decent as a starter.

Slowey pounds the strike zone, usually hitting it in 55% of his pitches, which is at least 5% more than the league average.  He would be a good gamble for the Pirates to take, as they could use him in relief this year, replacing Chris Leroux for the short term, and could consider him as a starter for the long term.  He’s only 27 years old, so there’s a chance he could pull a Paul Maholm and rebound to the strong performances that he put up in previous years.

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  • Anonymous

    $2.7MM contract. Can’t crack the starting rotation. 2 yrs control. Would the Bucs do this, seriously? Is Ohlendorf an even trade?

  • John DiVito

    I’ve always had respect for Slowey.  He’s one of those underrated guys, who makes rotations solid.  I wouldn’t mind adding him to the mix… just don’t give up too much.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t have too much pitching.

    With the failure of the Altoona 4 this season, add him to Olie and Lincoln.

    Morton has been shaky his  last few starts and there may be a Maholm trade and you can never  tell about injuries.

    Pitching took them to 1st place and it can keep them close the rest of the year.

  • Anonymous

    You have Ohlendorf coming back, you have Lincoln at AAA. He’s a decent enough pitcher. We’d have the same problem, Minnesota had. Not enough rotation spots for the pitchers we have. I’m good going forward as is, but if I’m buying, it’s going to be a bat for 1st base.

    • Lee Young

      I agree with IndyBucFan……

    • Anonymous

      Don’t forget we’re probably going to have to give up pitching to get a hitter so having another arm is going to cover that loss.

      • Anonymous

        The odds are, any thing traded for a bat will come from the minor leagues.

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