Spring Training Coverage

A Trade Seems Likely in the Next Two Weeks to Settle the Bullpen

A Trade Seems Likely in the Next Two Weeks to Settle the Bullpen

As it stands right now, the Pittsburgh Pirates have eight contenders for seven bullpen spots. Jason Grilli, Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, and Justin Wilson are locks for the bullpen due to their performances in 2013. That leaves four more players for three spots.

Complicating the matter is that those four players -- Jeanmar Gomez, Vin Mazzaro, Bryan Morris, and Stolmy Pimentel -- are all out of options. All four bring a lot to the table as far as their potential value to the Major League club.

Gomez and Mazzaro had strong numbers in 2013 with the Pirates, with Gomez making a few key starts for the team throughout the year. Morris also had good results, although his advanced metrics suggest that he won't repeat that if he continues pitching like he did without adding strikeouts. He's le...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Spring Training Coverage

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.

More in Spring Training Coverage

2018 Pittsburgh Pirates Minor League Spring Training Schedule

John DrekerFebruary 20, 2018

Pirates Release Full Spring Training Broadcast Schedule

John DrekerFebruary 16, 2018

MLB Network’s Spring Training Broadcast Schedule for the Pirates Includes 17 Games

John DrekerFebruary 13, 2018

Prospect Notebook: Another Hard Throwing Pirates Depth Option in Indianapolis

Tim WilliamsApril 1, 2017

Breaking Down the Final Pirates Roster Battles

Tim WilliamsMarch 31, 2017

Tony Watson and the Rarity of the Left-Handed Closer

Alan SaundersMarch 31, 2017

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2017 Pirates Prospects