Fan love means little to me.
The addition of Brock Holt to the Sox leads me to believe that Neil Walker is healthy and that they might be considering extending him by buying out his arbitration years and/or a year or two of free agency.
Holt is not a superstar, but he’s a decent bench player who can start at second over an extended time and perform well enough.
The other two player the Pirates will get back are Mark Melancon and Ivan Dejesus Jr..
Melancon actually makes me happy. He wasn’t great last year by any stretch of the imagination but he is young and has some upside. He has also had some success in the majors and, while he definitely took a step back last season, he has good enough numbers secondary numbers to think he may rebound.
|NYY (2 yrs)||0||1||4.87||15||0||20.1||11||1||10||0||13||96||1.475||8.9||0.4||4.4||5.8||1.30|
|HOU (2 yrs)||10||4||2.85||91||20||91.2||29||6||34||6||85||135||1.211||7.6||0.6||3.3||8.3||2.50|
|BOS (1 yr)||0||2||6.20||41||1||45.0||31||8||12||1||41||70||1.267||9.0||1.6||2.4||8.2||3.42|
|AL (3 yrs)||0||3||5.79||56||1||65.1||42||9||22||1||54||77||1.332||9.0||1.2||3.0||7.4||2.45|
|NL (2 yrs)||10||4||2.85||91||20||91.2||29||6||34||6||85||135||1.211||7.6||0.6||3.3||8.3||2.50|
The WHIP is not dissimilar to his good year in Houston and he actually improved his control numbers. What killed him were the homers, something that is historically inconsistent with his whole entire professional career. In fact before last season he has never had a whole season in which his HR/9 was over 1.0, including the minors.
PNC park is a better pitchers park and I think Melancon might end up being the best piece in this deal.
Ivan De Jesus Jr., is a bench player. He hits like a shortstop, but doesn’t play it. He has no pop but has hit for a high average in the minors. He will probably take Holt’s bench spot.
Everyone but DeJesus will need to be added to the 40 man roster. DeJesus was actually dropped from the Red Sox roster earlier and cleared waivers. In other words, the Pirates could have gotten him for nothing.
There is a real shot that the only player the Pirates acquired in this trade that does anything for the big club is Melancon.