Thursday, June 21, 2012
The Pittsburgh Pirates knew they had to trade their superstar. The year was 2008, and they were in the midst of their 16th consecutive losing season, they felt that trading their two-time All-Star was the best decision for the ball club.
So how did the trade go down, and where are the players they acquired now?
The deal ended up being a three-team trade that involved the Pirates, Red Sox and Dodgers.
To Pirates: INF Andy LaRoche, pitcher Bryan Morris, P Craig Hansen and Brandon Moss
To Dodgers: OF Manny Ramirez
To Red Sox: OF Jason Bay
Bay was a hit in Boston, hitting .293 with nine home runs for the Red Sox in 2008. He played 151 games for the Sox in 2009, hitting 36 home runs, a big reason why the Mets signed him in 2010 (as a free agent) to a four year deal worth $66 million.
Ramirez was also a huge hit for L.A., as the slugger hit 17 home runs for the Dodgers after the deal took place. Manny was later dealt to the White Sox in the 2010 season.
But what about the Pirates? What did they get for Bay and where are they now?
Andy LaRoche: is no longer on a major league club. LaRoche, big prospect, came over from L.A. in 2008 and played 49 games for the Pirates, hitting .152. He appeared in 150 games for Pittsburgh in 2009, as their starting third baseman. That season he hit only 12 home runs. He failed to display any power again in 2010, hitting only .206 in 102 games.
Bryan Morris is still in the minor leagues, but not for the Pirates. He's pitching in the Indians system from Triple-A Indianapolis. Last season, he went 3-4, with a 3.35 ERA in Double-A.
Craig Hansen went to Pittsburgh after the deal and pitched in 16 games, compiling a 7.47 ERA. He appeared in only five games for the Pirates in 2009, and was out of baseball, just like that!
Brandon Moss, who is all of a sudden back in the majors, and hitting well with the Athletics, never worked out in Pittsburgh. He appeared in 45 games for the Pirates in 2008 and hit only .222 with six home runs. He played two more seasons with Pittsburgh, but hit only seven home runs in 2009-10. 2011 was spent in the Phillies organization, and now he's in Oakland.
Basically, the Pirates general manager Neal Huntington traded Jason Bay to the Red Sox on July 31, 2008, in exchange for players no longer in the system.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
No official word is down yet from the Blue Jays regarding pitcher Brandon Morrow, who left the game last night with an oblique strain. General manager Alex Anthopoulos addressed the media today, and suggested that Jesse Chavez may get the start in place of Morrow if placed on the disabled list.
Later though, it was another name making the rounds, Aaron Sanchez.
We shall see.
UPDATE: It's a little early for Sanchez, and Chavez would be the guy now.