According to multiple sources and first reported by Francys Romero (see tweet below), outfielder Guillermo Heredia has agreed to a deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Sources: OF Guillermo Heredia agreed a deal with Pittsburgh Pirates. Heredia become the first cuban in the Pirates system. Great opportunity to play in PNC Park. pic.twitter.com/aU6kqC48NX
— Francys Romero (@francysromeroFR) January 9, 2020
Heredia, who turns 29 later this month, has played four seasons in the majors. He debuted in 2016 with the Seattle Mariners, before getting traded to the Tampa Bay Rays prior to the 2019 season. He has been extremely consistent on offense in the majors, with a high of a .668 OPS (2019) and a low of .652 (2017). Heredia is a below average runner, with six steals in 18 attempts during his big league career. Those aren’t great overall numbers obviously, but when combined with solid defense from a corner spot (slightly below average in CF), he makes a decent bench option.
We will post an update if any details are announced.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.