Pittsburgh Pirates Release Antonio Bastardo

  • Just now seeing this and was about to say that the team could have Tyler Webb in the bullpen if they had made this decision at the end of Spring Training…but it looks like a few others agree and have beaten me to it…

  • BuccosFanStuckinMD
    July 14, 2017 10:50 am

    Could have had Webb if the cheap Pirates had made this decision in April….they can’t get out of their own way….cheap owner and below average GM

    • Webb is paid the minor league minimum. Cheapness had nothing to do with the decision. We’ll have to see if Webb turns into a decent MLB pitcher to judge the magnitude of not keeping him. He turns 27 next week and has thrown a grand total of 6 innings in the majors in his career.

  • Probably left town in a limo and an ear-to-ear grin. Not even the magic of the Hilltopper could help the guy.

    • BTW, the Cubs giving the No. 8 and No. 63 prospects out of the Top 100 MLB Prospects for Quintana has set the bar high for teams looking for a Top of the Rotation pitcher with years of control remaining. The Pirates should have an excellent situation with Gerrit Cole, still only 26, 12.8 WAR since 2013, and under control through 2018.

      For comparison, Meadows is a 50+ hitter for power. It would be nice to have a hitter with a 60+ power number like Clint Frazier (NYY) still only 22, or a 55+ like Kyle Tucker (Hous) still only 20. Of course, there would be more, but either guy would be an excellent start. And Houston has a young Yordano Alvarez and the Yankees have a young Dermis Garcia – both very high power hitting prospects. We lack it – we need to find it.

      • You’re going to will Kyle Tucker on the Bucs aren’t you

        • Not necessarily, just any young 5 tool position player will do. Cole could be worth a WS for the Stro’s, and the Yankees need to find a new No. 1 quickly for now and the next 2 years.

      • Remember that the ChiSox were rumored to be starting the negotiations with two of our top 4 guys (Meadows, Bell, Glasnow, and Keller)?
        Strictly focusing on national rankings that would have been a higher price for Quintana.

        • The CWS have a situation where they ask for the moon and hope to get something in between.

  • On the same day Tyler Webb is traded to the Brewers