Given the headlines that are flying these days, I figured it was time for a quick media watch. The latest and greatest surrounding your Pittsburgh Pirates…
- In his Pirates Notebook this morning, Dejan Kovacevic mentions that left-handed reliever John Grabow will have surgery this off-season to remove bone chips from his elbow. If you remember, Grabow was sidelined for the latter half of Spring Training, then started off slow after a rehab stint with Indianapolis. A healthy Grabow would do wonders for the Pirates in 2008, as he was one of our steadiest bullpen arms in 2006. Most importantly, he’s as effective against righties as he is lefties, leaving the LOOGY work to Damaso Marte.
- Another notebook item: Duke Welker, the Pirates’ second round pick, was shut down for the season. The “here we go again” sentiment isn’t unjustified, but as I wrote at Sandlot Swashbucklers on Sunday, it’s way too early to call a pick a flop. These kids—Welker and Daniel Moskos—are throwing in professional ball for the first time after a long NCAA season. Naturally their arms are going to be a little tired. Let’s wait until March at least to throw them to the wolves.
- A couple of posts at MLB Trade Rumors have a vague relation to the Pirates. Tim Dierkes notes that Omar Vizquel was pulled back off waivers by the San Francisco Giants, so at least one team is interested in a shortstop. Also, the Red Sox aquired Chris Carter from the Diamondbacks in an interesting three-way August swap. The Sox sent Wily Mo Pena to the Nationals, the Nats sent an unknown prospect to Arizona, and the D’backs sent Carter to Boston. I’m only pointing this one out because I’ve been a fan of both Carter and Pena going back to last winter—I think they would’ve been nice fits in the Pittsburgh lineup.
- RotoRob took a look at the fantasy impact of several Pittsburgh Pirates, and says that Ronny Paulino should in no way, shape or form be considered the starting backstop of the future. Rob points to Ramon Castro as an interesting candidate to consider for full-time work next year.