Pirates Scouting Diamondbacks Relievers

The Pittsburgh Pirates have been connected to a lot of relief pitchers so far this trade season. The latest news comes from Jon Morosi, who says they’ve been scouting the bullpen of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Morosi mentions Oliver Perez, although I’m not sure if that’s because the Pirates might be scouting him, or because he used to be a Pirate. Perez has a 1.96 ERA in 36.2 innings this year, with a 10.1 K/9 and a 3.2 BB/9. His 3.44 xFIP suggests some regression, but that he will be a good reliever going forward.

Jon Heyman wrote recently about how Arizona could be sellers, but won’t have a fire sale. They’ve already traded Brandon McCarthy and Joe Thatcher, but Heyman says that they don’t seem eager to deal veterans like Martin Prado or Brad Ziegler. He also mentions that they might not deal Perez, since he’s signed for next season and is the only lefty remaining in the bullpen.

We don’t know much about who the Pirates are looking at. We just know that they continue to look at relievers.


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  • jaygray007

    Nothing wrong with a little Ollie Perez action.

    “I burnt them agaiiinnn”

    • Lee Young

      loved that commercial…back when I didn’t zip through them with my DVR.

    • unfurious

      I love Ollie but it’s awful how desperate we were for a hero back then.

  • gregenstein

    Does he still do that praying mantis thing?

  • PiratesFan1975

    Of topic, but any news on the Competitive Balance Lottery picks for next year? Wasn’t that lottery today @ 2?

  • freddylang

    I like the idea of getting Ziegler for a lot of reasons. He is a veteran and gives batters a different look from all the heat that the Bucs bullpen brings. He has a career FIP of 3.35 and keeps the ball down which should go nice with the Pirates’ defense. He is a little expensive at 5 mil in 2015 and 5.5 with a mil buyout in 2016 though. That is an issue but an opportunity maybe to spend some money and avoid giving up too much in prospects. Oliver Perez is fie but they have two solid lefties already unless they think Wilson’s control is unacceptable down the stretch. Oliver will be up Sept 1 so they will have a decent third lefty option to use if they trust his control.

    • Lee Young

      he sounds like Jared Hughes.

      • freddylang

        Ziegler is a low sidearm to submarine type guy. He might be slightly lower than Tekulve. Has a weird high leg windup and comes behind the leg. Really deceptive. I love a guy like this as a short man especially with Watson because you can go hard lefty, Sidearmer, then hard throwing righty Melancon or Sidearmer, lefty, Melancon and it is just unnerving for hitters to see all those looks. People talk a lot about Melancon not being a good closer but it doesn’t make sense. It is a ridiculous comparison but he has some similarities to Mariano Rivera with the good fastball and the nasty cutter. 8:1 k:bb ratio the last 2 years, 1.71 ERA. He has been one of the top 10 if not top 5 relievers in the game the last year and a half.

  • SportOMania

    If they are indeed looking at lefthanded relievers that would indicate Justin Wilson’s days are numbered.

    • deacs

      I think Wilson still has an option right?

      • freddylang

        He’s actually got two.

    • moose7195

      Or it indicates that Pimentel’s, Frieri’s, or Gomez’s days are numbered. Did MLB pass a new rule limiting the number of lefties allowed in a bullpen?

  • R Edwards

    Zeigler would be a good pickup, assuming that his age would make him a relatively cheap acquisition. I wouldn’t give up any of our top 20-25 prospects for him though.

  • CalipariFan506

    I broke my Oliver Perez bobblehead last September when he blew a late night game against the Cardinals with a walk, hit batter and wild pitch in extra innings.

  • John Marshall

    Miller Red Sox better fit and $$$$ friendly!!!

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