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First Pitch: Some Poor Roster Management by the Pirates

First Pitch: Some Poor Roster Management by the Pirates

In minor news today, the Pirates lost Zach Stewart through waivers to the Chicago White Sox. It was the second time this off-season that the Pirates completed a string of moves where they traded down from a prospect and eventually arrived at next to nothing in value. In this series of moves they dealt Kyle Kaminska for Stewart, then lost Stewart for nothing, essentially giving Kaminska away for nothing. Earlier this off-season they dealt Yamaico Navarro for Jhondaniel Medina, who has a cool double first name, but isn't much of a prospect. That came one year after acquiring Navarro for Brooks Pounders, who wasn't a top prospect, but was a prospect.

The move today got me thinking about these two decisions, and what it means for the Pirates in the long-term. Neither of these moves are franchise destroying. Odds are that none of the players involved here really make any kind of impact. But I'm not looking at this in a hyperbolic "it's the worst move in the world and the Pirates will reg...

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