It’d be pretty easy to write a post daily about how the Pirates current or previous regime could have done something better. While I can’t disagree, after a while, it gets to be old reading the posts that question management’s ability to manage. Let me add to the near constant barrage: why did management trade for Tyler Yates?
Let’s forget just for a second about the minor league starter the Bucs gave up, Todd Redmond. Let’s leave him out. The question becomes why would the Pirates acquire another relief pitcher when they have stockpiled so many during previous seasons.
1. is 30
2. didn’t pitch well last year, the only positive thing is that RHB hit poorly against him
Among relievers that the Pirates could’ve used that were already in house at some point this spring:
I’m sure I’m missing someone – feel free to add more names to my list. My point isn’t that any of these guys are better than Tyler Yates or that any of them are ready for the Show. My point is that the difference between any of these guys and Tyler Yates either in 2008 or in the future will be unlikely to cost the Pirates a shot at the pennant. So, why trade for another reliever, one who is both relatively old and potentially only good against righties, especially when the minor league system has been fully stocked in recent years? I don’t know.
Redmond hopefully will hopefully not develop into a world beater. You can get Wilbur Miller’s scouting report on Redmond here.