Pirates Acquire Pitcher Eric Stout from Cubs

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced that they have acquired left-handed pitcher Eric Stout from the Chicago Cubs for cash considerations. He has been optioned to Indianapolis. The 40-man roster is now full.

The 29-year-old Stout was a 13th round pick of the Kansas City Royals out of Butler University in 2014. He made it to the majors for the first time in 2018, but he gave up seven runs in 2.1 innings over three appearances during his brief stint. He then went until this season before he returned to the majors with the Cubs. In two appearances, he has allowed two runs over 3.2 innings. In the minors this season, he pitched for Iowa of the Triple-A International League, posting a 3.94 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP in 29.2 innings, while striking out 48 batters. He had a career 4.39 ERA in 379 minor league innings over eight years, seeing work as a starter and closer at times.




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can never have enough of other teams discards.


Good to try and upgrade, even in small increments, the pitcher staff on the 40-man. Also looks like they are adding Eickhoff to the 40-man, and he could be pitching Wednesday, since his last outing for Indy was 6/17, or maybe he will just be a long reliever held in reserve on Wednesday.  They could be moving on from one or more of Hembree, Wilson, Fletcher, as far as the 40-man roster is concerned.

Last edited 15 days ago by EightMenOut

The Cubs would likely consider Hembree an upgrade from this guy.


Someone thought they said Guinness Stout.

Stephen B

They had an open 40-man spot? Since when?

Stephen B

Just discovered that Jake Marisnick has been transferred from the 10-day IL to the COVID IL, for anyone who was wondering.


Wow. Seems random but they must like his swing/miss stuff. Worked at AAA (pitching to Cole Tucker-types).

John Fluharty

Solid K numbers in AAA. I don’t mind when they grab guys like this but I do mind when they seem to cling to them long after they prove that they’re not Major League pictures.


The Indians roster now has 22 pitchers!!! 4 catchers and 2 OFs. If he gets there in time Yoshi might have to take centerfield.

Wilbur Miller

The Cubs’ pitching is even worse than ours and they didn’t want this guy. They can randomly just call somebody up if they need and do better than these dumpster dwellers. Vieaux and Alldred showed that. What on earth is the attraction?


An open 40 man spot and zero opportunity cost to grab this guy, so I don’t see an issue. Now, if they end up DFA’ing a guy like Veaux or someone else interesting and keeping him when they need the spot, then I could understand having an issue with it.

Also, I can see having a gripe with the whole approach in general, but this move specifically is a nothing burger for me

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

They were thirsty and saw “Stout” for cash, and hit purchase.


Trying to diversify the clubhouse beer selection, although with our young ‘uns, is that even a thing?


Might be. My young’uns all started drinking such beers in their early 20s. The swill I drank was not good enough for em 🙁


I now have a favorite dark horse to ride.

I graduated as a PA from Butler in 2000…GO BULLDOGS!


midlife crisis, I was 37.


I graduated from IUP in 83……………I got nuthin……………


Please quit trying to force a LH. With the 3 batter minimum, it’s not that imperative to have a few. If they can’t get rightness out also, then you don’t need them

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