Pirates Aren’t Meeting the Cubs Demands For Outfielders

Ken Rosenthal says that the Chicago Cubs are expected to move either Nate Schierholtz or David DeJesus, and that the Pirates are in on both.

We’ve heard Schierholtz mentioned a lot, but this is the first time this year that DeJesus has been connected to the Pirates. Rosenthal says DeJesus might be more likely to be moved. He is under team control through the 2014 season, with a $6.5 M option and a $1.5 M buyout. This year DeJesus has a .268/.327/.452 line in 228 at-bats. He has been good against right-handers, with an .832 OPS, but has struggled against lefties with a .462 OPS.

Schierholtz has better splits this year (.885/.560), but either way the Pirates would need to find someone who could hit left-handers if they went with one of these guys.

UPDATE 10:50 AM: Here are the trade values for Schierholtz and DeJesus.

UPDATE 3:02 PM: Nick Cafardo says Nate Schierholtz is staying with the Cubs.

UPDATE 3:57 PM: Bob Nightengale says the Pirates aren’t meeting the Cubs price, and there’s doubt a trade will be made.

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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