Pirates Focused on Bullpen and Bench Help

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be focusing on their bullpen and bench after they filled their outfield spot with Travis Snider last night. He points out that they didn’t deal Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon, which likely rules out options such as Shin-Soo Choo, and others who would require a top prospect today.

One trend to note: the Pirates have added a cheap reliever around the deadline in each of the last two years. Last year they signed Jason Grilli as a minor league free agent. The year before they claimed Chris Resop off waivers. I’d be surprised if they sent away any big prospects to fill their bullpen needs, as that doesn’t seem to be how they approach building a bullpen.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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