Pirates Activate Tucupita Marcano; DFA Yu Chang

The Pittsburgh Pirates activated IF/OF Tucupita Marcano from the COVID-19 IL prior to Thursday’s game at PNC Park against the Milwaukee Brewers. To open up a spot on the roster, infielder Yu Chang was designated for assignment.

Marcano last played on June 15th, though he played two rehab games prior to returning to the majors. He was hitting .262/.318/.410 in 19 games with the Pirates at the time of his IL placement.

Chang was picked up from Cleveland on May 30th. He struggled through 18 games with the Pirates, hitting .167/.286/.262 with 18 strikeouts in 49 plate appearances. Prior to joining the Pirates, he was 0-for-10 with seven strikeouts for Cleveland.

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PiratePrimate

Marcano is like Reynolds, Hayes, Madris, Suwinski and Cruz. He makes the Pirates better.

roibert.kasperski

Goodbye Mr. Chang. We hardly knew Yu.

pikebishop65

We have to DFA someone, as Harry Connick once sang, “It had to be Yu!”

PirateRican21

We know enough!

SBRO

Alford
Howard
Knapp
Tucker
Hembree
Banda
Chang
Perez
Marisnick
VanMeter
Fletcher
Stratton
Tsutsugo

So much accomplished…so much more to do.

john_fluharty

Don’t mind keeping VanMeter and Marisnik as bench guys, but only if we have room.

SBRO

I don’t think there is room. Just having VanMeter kind of forces you to work him into the rotation of Chavis, Castillo, Marcano and Park, and effectively blocks Bae and Castillo in Indy. When Tsutsugo comes back it’ll only get worse.

Marisnick the same. His playing time comes at the expense of Madris, Gamel (when he’s back, shortly) or Suwinski, and effectively blocks Mitchell and Swaggerty in Indy. There are only so many PAs to go around, and I don’t think any should be wasted on guys who won’t be part of a future Pirate club nor will they bring anything back at the trade deadline.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

That was quicker than a Ka’ai Tom. Progress?

roibert.kasperski

Much!!

skliesen

Marcano is a YUge upgrade!

ravidesai1984

Pirates got chang for cash considerations when injuries caused a need and then dfa’d him for nothing, cue the nutting is cheap crowd to find a way to make this look bad any minute.

NMR

Imagine being so defensive of the owner that you count acquiring a shitty player for nothing as a win.

PirateRican21

ricramer

Hopefully the first of few sane moves over the next week or so.

hoffmark83

Finally Cherington does something right.

Mblee24

Awesome! So glad they DFA’d Chang. Now will they DFA Yoshi and Marisnick too?

Wilbur Miller

Seems like they’re stalling on Marisnick, a bit like the Chisenhall situation.

I doubt Yoshi is going anywhere until after the deadline. It’s the Polanco situation all over again. No understanding of sunk costs.

SBRO

I do see the logic of keeping Yoshi through Aug 2 in one respect – he’s one of the few guys on expiring contracts who COULD fetch something in return, and he did go ape shit for a couple months last year and a similar hot 3-4 weeks in July would make him tradable…plus there’s the fact that they don’t have another 1B on the roster, so you don’t have much to lose.

And not that it means all that much, but Yoshi’s got a 1.029 OPS in his Indy rehab. It’s worth a shot to see if he’s got his timing back. Seriously EVERYTHING he hit this year was to the opposite field. Looks nothing like the guy from last year.

PirateRican21

I’m not bother by Yoshi, I guess is because I don’t think he is blocking anybody, Chavis struggles against RH, Yoshi proved late last season that he could be a viable option, so let’s give him more rope. Besides he makes VanMeter expendable once he is activated.

PiratePrimate

To Nickles, all costs are sunk costs.

roberto

Could you offer some evidence? BC pretty clearly understands thé sunk cost fallacy. See Tucker and Chang.

SBRO

Those guys were making league minimum, there’s no sunk cost. In fact, Tucker was DFA’d while at Indy, so he didn’t even receive major league termination pay.

If you want to counter PiratePrimate’s argument, Heath Hembree is your example. $2.125M salary, cut before 40% of the season was through. Even though it’s a relatively small salary, the fact that Cherington was allowed to cut bait in June is a change of pace.

Of course, there are more than a few examples of the Pirates holding onto desperately underperforming players well into the season where the player just happened to be making a non-trivial salary. Polanco, Kang, Sean Rodriguez come to mind immediately. There are others, I’m sure.

roibert.kasperski

At least Marisnick actually suited up and played………..

roibert.kasperski

OOPS!! Scratch that. He did actually have 7 games in Indy to end his pro career. I thought that he had never suited up even in Indy………I was wrong……

skliesen

I wish I could say you’re wrong. I really, really do!

RAS TN

The beat goes on…eventually they will get down to the players that s/b trying out for 2023 and beyond or is it infinity and beyond…

AdministrativeSky236

Can Yu believe it!

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