More roster moves as spring winds down

The Pirates made several moves this morning, further narrowing down the final roster. Here are the changes:

  • Traded minor league pitcher Todd Redmond to the Braves for right-handed reliever Tyler Yates
  • Released Jaret Wright, Juan Perez and Byung-Hyun Kim
  • Added Doug Mientkiewicz to the 40-man roster
  • Designated Josh Wilson for assignment
  • Reassigned infielder Jorge Velandia to minor league camp

Lets start with the trade. Redmond was not a top prospect by any means, but losing him further depletes an already limited supply of starting pitching in the low minors. He probably would not have amounted to much, but he seemed somewhat promising when compared with other starting prospects in the system. Last year, he was decent in Lynchburg, and was good in three starts after a promotion to Altoona. Yates struck out 69 batters in 66 innings with Atlanta, but also walked 31. His 4.23 BB/9 was a large part of his 1.44 WHIP, and will be something he needs to improve on. He was added to the 40-man roster and will provide the right-handed bullpen help the Pirates have been searching for. Being a power pitcher with high strikeout rates, he is exactly the type of reliever that management seems to love.
I like the release of Kim. It cost the team a $300,000 buyout, but the Pirates will not waste the rest of his salary on a guy that was very unimpressive this spring. It also sends a message that the team will keep players based on performance, not on their salary. That is refreshing.
The release of Perez is surprising only because he was injured. I figured he would be placed on the 60-day DL for now. Dropping Wilson and Velandia means little, except that Freddy Sanchez apparently will be ready for opening day. It is no surprise that Mientkiewicz made the team.
That is all I have time for right now. Tonight I will talk a little more specifically about how these moves will affect the roster, particularly the bullpen. Tigers at Pirates at 1:05. Zach Duke against Dontrelle Willis, with Evan Meek and Damaso Marte also scheduled to pitch.
P.S. Masumi Kuwata will announce his retirement today. He is way past his prime and should not be pitching in Pittsburgh, but he has been a great story the past year or so. As poorly as he pitched last season, he seems like a great guy and I am glad he was a part of our organization for this short period. I wish him the best in retirement.

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Posted in 2008 Pittsburgh Pirates, Byung-Hyun Kim, Doug Mientkiewicz, Freddy Sanchez, Jaret Wright, Juan Perez, Transactions, Tyler Yates. Comments Off on More roster moves as spring winds down
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