Pirates Have Inquired on Emilio Bonifacio

The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the teams that have inquired on Emilio Bonifacio, according to Joel Sherman.

Sherman mentions that the Cubs could also move a lefty reliever. The Pirates have been looking at lefty relievers, so it would make sense if they’re in on that as well.

As far as Bonifacio, he’s owed $2.5 M this year, and is a two month rental. It’s hard to see why the Pirates would need him. He’s a super utility player, but they have that with Josh Harrison. He could fill the role of a backup middle infielder, which is a position they’ve been looking at. Or maybe this is just to make sure he doesn’t destroy the Pirates every time he plays them. He’s having a career year, so it’s hard to determine his value. Using the inflated trade value prices for this market, he’d be worth a young Grade C pitching prospect based on a 1.0 WAR. He’s exceeded that already this year, although his numbers over the last few years justify the lower value.

UPDATE 1:05 PM: Ken Rosenthal says the Pirates were one of the teams in on Bonifacio at the start of the day.

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  • jaygray007

    Could be a nifty late inning pinch runner. but i can’t imagine that’d be worth paying much for.

  • William Wallace

    We could have used him the first week of the season when he batted .980 against us.

  • Monsoon Harvard

    They could do just as well picking up Tony Abreu off waivers. He’s very Josh Harrison-like, in that he doesn’t get respect but is better than you think. He’s always been a .300 hitter in the minors with a pretty high slugging pct. Whenever he’s gotten the opportunity to play semi-regularly in the majors, he’s been better than average.

    • S Brooks

      You would think with the sinkhole the Giants have at 2B Abreu would have been given a shot this year. Must be because he’s not very good with the glove.

      • bucsws2014

        Heck, with how deep the black hole is at 2b for the Giants, you’d think they’d give Freddie Sanchez another go. Just give him his own medical team between innings :-)

  • IC Bob

    As I see it any team that carries Martinez and Moral has issues with its bench so someone like Bonifacio would be a nice pick up without giving up anything of value

  • S Brooks

    All depends on the asking price. Say this for him – he’s got speed, decent bat control and positional flexibility. And I’ve seen just about enough Michael Martinez and Brent Morel for one season, thank you very much.

  • CityofChamps

    I think a Bonifacio/Wright package would be great. Bonifacio is much better than Martinez, and we all know we could use a solid reliever.

  • wvwc9092

    As General McAuliffe said in response to the Germans asking the US to surrender at Bastogne – “Nuts!!!”. This goes for all rumors today.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andy.prough.3 Andy Prough

    I’d take a look at Wesley Wright. He started in MLB at a young age and had some struggles, but now he’s 23 years old and is turning in an effective season as a ground ball pitcher, with a 2.84 ERA and a 1.62 GO/AO ratio.

  • Ron Loreski

    That would be a very nice depth move by the Pirates. He also provides backup at SS and CF, where Harrison really doesn’t. Switch hitter with speed, and a huge upgrade over Michael Martinez.

  • http://www.acme-tv.com LongJohnSilver

    Did anyone but myself find it strange that the Pirates didn’t go after Milone who was traded for Fuld of all people? That seems to me a boat that we might have missed. Or am I missing something here?

    • letsgopitt123

      I don’t think you’re missing something. Scratching my head a little bit too. Especially since he could have been stashed at AAA for the rest of the season.

    • Jaynestown

      Sam Fuld is a Billy Beane guy and Oakland wanted him back. We probably could have offered something better on paper, but Billy Beane definitely sticks to his guys (Barton, Sogard, etc etc)

      • bucsws2014

        With Crisp being a bit crispy this year with injuries and losing Cespedes, Fuld actually makes some sense. He’s having a very good year defensively, already posting his only 2+ WAR year of his checkered career.

  • wilbert matthews

    Perhaps we would hire him as a baserunning instructor.

  • leadoff

    Bonifacio murders left hand pitching, what has been the Pirates biggest problems of late?

    • Max Dine

      Pretty sure the Cardinals picked up two right handed pitchers…but point taken on not being able to hit lefties

  • bucsws2014

    Just ran some quick #s on Wesley Wright. Vs Cards/Reds/Brewers: 0.79 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 4.0 K/BB, .227 BAA, 0 HR. Has been good vs. Nats as well. Could be he’s a more affordable Miller if Cubs will deal him in division.

    • smurph

      Epstein is no dummy. He won’t just give those guys away. He is building a dynamite minor league system.

  • John Marshall

    yes why were they looking at this guy. I guess it really shows NH has no clue when dealing much smarter GM’S!!!