Defending the Chan Ho Park addition

Over the past couple weeks, the Pirates unloaded four veteran relievers who had helped contribute to a solid bullpen in 2010. Yesterday, in an attempt to solidify the disrupted pen, the Bucs claimed Chris Resop and Chan Ho Park off waivers. The Resop addition was applauded, but critics have scoffed at the decision to bring in Park. I have spent parts of the morning wondering why.

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How today’s trades affect the Pirates’ 2010 season

The Pirates roster did not contain many obvious trade chips as we approached the 2010 trade deadline, but that did not keep Neal Huntington from wheeling and dealing today. Huntington utilized five players that he signed this past offseason, sending Ryan Church, Bobby Crosby and D.J. Carrasco to Arizona, Javier Lopez to the Giants and Octavio Dotel to the Dodgers. Let’s take a look at how all of these roster changes will affect the remainder of the 2010 season.

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Carrasco likely to make team

Via Jen Langosch, Neal Huntington has indicated that D.J. Carrasco is very likely to be in the Pirates’ bullpen at the beginning of the season. [Link]

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Pirates come to terms with Carrasco on minor league deal

Dejan reports that the Pirates have reached an agreement with reliever D.J. Carrasco on a minor league contract. Carrasco has been solid the past two years, so he should have a good chance to make the team out of spring training. The 40-man roster is currently full. This is a solid signing.  According to Dejan, the Pirates are also close to signing Octavio Dotel and another major league reliever. If all of that happens, the bullpen...

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