Sean Casey Comes Home
Well, the Pirates got a lefty bat but at what cost? Williams was the Buccos most consistent season-long pitcher last year and had three years of arbitration left, if I'm not mistaken. It makes me wonder if maybe they didn't jump the gun a little bit. Could they have gotten more?
Casey's a nice player and from what I've read, he's a hell of a guy. Very involved in the Cincy community and great with charity. Good deal. Only problem is, IMO, the fact that he makes over $8M and is finishing the final year of his deal. If my calculations are correct that looks like around half of what the Pirates alloted this offseason for improvements to the team.
This seems more like a move that a team in contention would make, not one of a young team that is trying to build for the future but I guess after 13 season's of future the Pirates felt they had to make a move.
I guess C. Wilson in RF doesn't seem too bad but I'm not sure how pressing of an issue 1B really was despite Eldred's K problem. With so many teams always on the lookout for lefty starters it seems that Pittsburgh may have moved their guys away pretty quickly.
I know Redman flamed out after the All-Star break, but Jonah Bayliss might not be the answer for their lack of righty punch out of the pen. Hopefully the moves work.
Now it's time to see if there's a chance for Milton Bradley to come in to town. He's had his share of problems, no denying that, but I think he's only 27. There's no telling how he might react if he's losing here so I'm sure that is an issue for Pirates' management.
I'm just wondering how the team is going to stretch their remaining $7- or 8M to fill other needs. At least they're making an effort, I guess. Maybe I'm just down on everything Pirates after so many losing seasons.
Hey, where's a good Pirates forum?