Busy Day for Pittsburgh Pirates

Jun 30, 2009

The Pittsburgh Pirates were wheeling and dealing today with two separate trades.

First they shipped off Eric Hinske for Minor Leaguers Casey Erickson and Eric Fryer.  Hinske, who plays in the OF, was hitting .255 with 18 Runs, 1 HR, and 11 RBIs in 106 At Bats for the Pirates.  Erickson was 3-3 with a 2.25 ERA, a 1.45 WHIP, and 37 Ks in 44 Innings for Triple-A Charleston.  Fryer, who plays Catcher & Outfield, was hitting .250 with 34 Runs, 2 HRs, and 24 RBIs for A+ Tampa.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the Bucs continued their wheeling and dealing ways by sending OF Nyjer Morgan and RP Sean Burnett to Washington for OF Lasting Milledge and RP Joel Hanrahan.  Morgan was hitting .277 with 39 Runs, 2 HRs, 27 RBIs, and 18 SBs.  Burnett was 1-2 with a 3.06 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 1 Save, 6 Holds, and 23 Ks in 32-1/3 IP.  Milledge, who is recovering from a broken finger, hit .167 with a Run, an RBI, and a SB in 24 ABs.   Hanrahan, who lost the Nationals’ Closer job, is  0-3 with a 7.71 ERA, a 1.96 WHIP, 5 Saves, 2 Holds, and 35 Ks in 32-2/3 IP. 

None of the players hold much fantasy value.  If pressed, I’d choose Nyjer Morgan as having the most.

. .

5 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. David Menzie
    June 30th, 2009 at 10:31 pm #

    In the real (not fantasy) world, giving up Burnett and Morgan for Hanrahan and Millidge is a questionable deal. Milledge could not play centerfield in DC even though he has good foot speed. He could not read fly balls hit at him and did not have the concentration to play consistent outfield defense. Hanrahan was a disaster in DC. His appeal was just a number on a radar gun. He lacked control and the mental toughness to be a successful relief pitcher in spite of numerous opportunities. Burnett has pitched well in relief and Morgan has been showing signs of being a viable major league regular.

  2. LestersLegends
    June 30th, 2009 at 10:35 pm #

    Pittsburgh went for the intoxicating taste of potential. We’ll see if it bites them in the backside. Thanks for adding.

  3. Beth M
    July 1st, 2009 at 5:33 am #

    Yep, you are so right. Thanks for posting this interesting article.

  4. Frank
    July 1st, 2009 at 6:37 am #

    Gotta wonder if Millidge will ever get close to expectations. Personally surprised by the deal. Then again, two struggling teams trading players … hmmm.

  5. LestersLegends
    July 1st, 2009 at 7:01 am #

    somehow i doubt it.

Leave a Comment

Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties