If there's one move that the Pirates have made which I've constantly disagreed with, it's their approach with bench players. The Pirates have a horrible habit of giving out bench spots to aging veterans, while passing over their own internal options. I was reminded of this with today's trade. I initially decided to point out all of the past situations where the Pirates have passed on their own internal players, instead looking at the "grass is greener" veteran player on the other side of the fence. I've written about this in the past, so to keep it fresh as I update it, I decided to go Quentin Tarantino style. No, it's not full of bloodshed, and Samuel L. Jackson isn't in it. It's just, well, here it is.
In 259 at-bats, Pedro Ciriaco hits for a .293/.315/.390 line with the Boston Red Sox.
Clint Barmes hits for a .229/.272/.321 line with the Pirates, while posting a 15.3 UZR/150 at short as the starter.
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.