Mark Melancon was one of the main pieces in the Joel Hanrahan trade.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made their first round of cuts today at the major league level. Two of the players who were cut were Jerry Sands and Stolmy Pimentel, who made up half of the return for Joel Hanrahan over the winter. Almost immediately the complaints started on Twitter about the Hanrahan trade. Most of them were something along the lines of the trade being a disappointment because the Pirates cut two of the players they got in return, showing that the Pirates didn't have any use for either player. That ignores the details of each player, and the purpose behind the trade.
There should be no surprise that Pimentel was cut. He's never pitched above Double-A, and has struggled at the level. He was once one of the top prospects in the Red Sox system, and is still young enough to put it together. He wasn't added for an immediate impact, but with the hope that he could turn things around in the minors this year.
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