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Thursday, December 8, 2022

Felipe Vazquez Didn’t Get Traded

The trade deadline has passed, and while some trades could still be announced, Felipe Vazquez won’t be one of the traded players. That’s according to multiple sources, including Ken Rosenthal and Jeff Passan, who are reporting that Vazquez wasn’t traded.

A lot of the discussion about Vazquez centered around the Dodgers, with the Pirates reportedly wanting top prospects like Gavin Lux and Dustin May. The Dodgers didn’t want to deal their top guys, and the Pirates didn’t cave on Vazquez and take a lesser return, leading to no deal.

The Pirates could still shop Vazquez in the offseason, although they technically weren’t shopping him this time around, as much as listening to offers. He’s under team control through the 2023 season, so he should have plenty of value going forward. The question is whether the Pirates can find a team who will be willing to pay that value for a reliever.

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Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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