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Pirates Acquire Pitcher Doug Mathis From the Marlins

The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired right handed pitcher Doug Mathis from the Marlins for a PTBNL or cash. Mathis has spent parts of three seasons in the majors, combining for a 4.84 ERA in 87.1 innings, with a 4.5 K/9 and a 3.6 BB/9. His last season in the majors was in 2010 at the age of 27. This year he has been pitching in Triple-A, with a 3.85 ERA in 114.2 innings, along with a 6.7 K/9 and a 4.2 BB/9.

The Pirates will most likely be raiding the Indianapolis roster on September 1st when the major league rosters expand. They’ve been adding a few minor players, such as Robert Andino and Kyle Farnsworth, in preparation for those moves. Indianapolis will be going to the playoffs, so they will need replacements once pitchers like Vic Black, Duke Welker, and everyone else on the 40-man roster are called up. Mathis is another guy who will fill in for Indianapolis in the playoffs after the 40-man guys get called up.

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  • https://profiles.google.com/105668650510920614054 Brian Bernard

    I like seeing Johnson called up, another good lefty is always useful. Lambo I thought actually looked pretty good up here. Nice plate patience for the most part just not aggressive enough in the zone.
    The team is struggling, 2-7 is not good enough when the Dodgers are 42-8 in their last 50. If this team truly wants to compete for a pennant, then they are going to have to raise their game to the next level.
    Speaking of that level, I still maintain that Cole is a key part of that. IMO he brings a different level of competitiveness to the mound. A potential for dominance that Morton and Locke and Wandy for that matter don’t.

  • turfmonster12

    First Farnsworth, now Mathis. Neal’s doing a great job as Triple-A GM. Someone tell him the big league team still can’t hit.

  • CalipariFan506

    There is no viable solution to the MLB roster. That’s what you guys do t get turf monster.

    All it is is a waiting game. Waiting for Polanco. Waiting for some more pitchers. Waiting for a 1B to come available via prospect for prospect trade. The one guy mocks and says we are playing for 2015… In a sense that’s exactly what we should do.

    Then you have collapse deniers. They think this team is good enough to win more than 85 or so games in 2013.

    Both factions are wrong. The realists know this team isn’t good enough yet but also knows it isn’t wise to waste assets either money or players to get the 2013 team over the top.

  • turfmonster12

    If we made a move to get “over the top in 2013,” I would not consider it a “waste.” You are correct, Cal, that we are waiting for 2015. I object to this approach. If they win a World Series then, and play playoff ball for five straight years after, then I will admit I was wrong today. But there are too many “ifs” in the future. In the present, we have overachieved to get where we are. But with the standings being what they are, a small upgrade could get us to the finish line. It all depends what the actual asking price has been.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.j.stein.3 Jeremy J Stein

      The Pirates are winning in 2013 with a lot of “ifs”, like; if Pedro can hit 30+ home runs again, if the defensive Martin will make a difference, if Marte can hit better than .250, if Liriano can pitch, if Melancon can pitch or if a young inexperienced bullpen can pitch (Morris, Mazzaro and Wilson).
      The Pirates aren’t just concerned with 2015, they care about 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and beyond too. And yes, they care about 2013 too. Personally, I’d rather see this franchise compete every year, not just this year.

  • turfmonster12

    The key phrase in your post, Jeremy, is “are winning.” They are closer to the finish line, in terms of wins and standings. Standing pat is making a bet that doing nothing increases the chances of being here or better in future years. Given how hard it is to get to this point, my preference is to take some action now. Does that mean giving up top prospects, no? But taking on a year and half of bad salary (Rios) would not have bothered me. But only Neal knows exactly what the asking price was.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.j.stein.3 Jeremy J Stein

      Your opinion seems to be based on a notion that the Pirates are intentionally doing nothing to improve the major league club. There is no proof that the lack of adding a trade piece to the Pirates is intentional. Huntington made moves the previous two seasons to try and improve the team and has indicated that he tried to this year as well. We all know it was a sellers market. We also know that making a waiver trade is difficult as well since the Pirates are 1st in the division.
      I don’t see any reason not to trust NH, after all, the Pirates wouldn’t be where they are now if it wasn’t for the decisions he’s made.

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