PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- Things have not exactly gone swimmingly for the Pirates in 2020. How can it when you own a 7-19 record, the worst in Major League Baseball, and you’re the only team in the league to have yet reached double digit wins on the season.
But, that doesn’t mean that other teams can’t be interested in some Pirates players at the trade deadline coming up on Monday, August 31st.
93.7 The Fan’s Pirates insider Jason Mackey joined The Fan Morning Show to lay out what he expects to happen over the next four days.
“I expect Ben Cherington to be fairly busy, honestly. I’ve heard that sentiment too where, people look at the Pirates and say, ‘Oh, they stink how could they possibly trade guys?’ They have some pieces that other teams would want.
Keone Kela and this forearm stuff is getting more strange by the day (manager Derek Shelton said he was available, while director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said he hadn’t picked up a baseball) but assuming they can trade him, he’s a piece. Richard Rodriguez is a piece. Chris Stratton is somebody I could see another team wanting. Obviously, it’s not going to net premium return.
Adam Frazier is another guy that has drawn interest in the past. I think it was Jon Paul Morosi [reporting] that the Blue Jays are looking at Trevor Williams and Chad Kuhl. That makes a lot of sense. I know what Trevor did yesterday and it wasn’t good but I could still see a team wanting him. Maybe an Erik Gonzalez, that’s a bit more of a stretch. But they have some pieces where I do expect Ben Cherington to be doing some things.”
One of those things though, will most likely not involve Gregory Polanco. That’s not necessarily because the Bucs want to keep him around, but more because of his contract situation as compared to his .136 batting average heading into play Thursday.
“I don’t see any way at this point. I really don’t. You can’t do anything. He’s going to make nearly $20 million before they can do anything with him in terms of a buyout. There’s been no reasonable sample size put forward where another team is going to take on that risk thinking he’s going to pan out.
He makes too much money to where you can’t trade that. You can’t move that. They’re stuck with him until the end of 2021 as far as I see it unless something really changes.”