Analysis of the Pirates, Cubs 5 player deal


By John Perrotto The Pirates wanted the equivalent of two good prospects in order to give up left-handed reliever John Grabow. Their rationale was that they could hang on to him for the rest of the season, offer him salary arbitration, let him walk as a free agent and collect two compensatory draft picks since Grabow will be classified a Type A free agent in the Elias Sports Bureau statistical rankings. By throwing in Class AAA Indianapolis left-hander Tom Gorzelanny into a trade with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, the Pirates feel they got three good prospects back in right-handers Kevin Hart and Jose Ascanio and infielder Josh Harrison. Hart will move into the Pirates’ rotation while Ascanio will go to Indianapolis and Harrison will report to high Class A Lynchburg. “It was yet another opportunity to add more quality players to our organization, both at the major-league and minor-leagueRead More »