Perrotto’s 3 Thoughts: Could Pirates Be Deadline Buyers?

Three thoughts on the Pirates:

  1. Hold off on that trade

It has been suggested in various corners — including this one — that the Pirates would be wise to gauge interest in right-hander Gerrit Cole when the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

The Pirates would seemingly get a bundle in a trade for a 27-year-old pitcher who won 19 games two years ago — though he is suppressing his trade value with a recent stretch of rough outings — and cannot become a free agent until following the 2019 season.

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Pirates Tony Watson Hires Scott Boras

Now it’s almost certain that Tony Watson’s days in a Pirates uniform are numbered.

Considering he’s a free agent after the season and with the fact that the 32-year old has pitched a bunch of innings the last few years (3rd most appearances in the majors since 2014) its highly unlikely the Pirates would pony up what Watson will be looking for come December.

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Jung Ho Kang Loses Appeal

The chances of Jung Ho Kang wearing a Pirates uniform this year took a major hit.

Today, a South Korean court dismissed an appeal by Kang of an eight-month suspended prison sentence. This charge stems from an incident in December when Kang crashed his car into a guardrail and then fled the scene.

It was determined that Kang was drunk with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent, which is higher than Korea’s legal level of 0.05.

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Perrotto: McCutchen, Watson Ideal Fits for Trade With Nationals

The Washington Nationals have the best record in the National League as they get set to make their lone visit to PNC Park this season.

Though the Nationals are 24-13 going into the three-game series against the Pirates that begins Tuesday night, they are not a perfect team. Washington has yet to settle on a closer six weeks into the season and center fielder/leadoff hitter Adam Eaton sustained a season-ending knee injury last month.

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Perrotto’s Three Thoughts on the Pirates

Three thoughts on the Pirates:

  1. Makes sense now

Last Aug. 1 was the most confusing day of Neal Huntington’s nearly 10-year tenure as the Pirates’ general manager.

On one hand, on the day of the non-waiver trade deadline, the Pirates dealt left-hander Francisco Liriano along with two prospects — catcher Ryan McGuire and outfielder Victor Ramirez — to the Toronto Blue Jays for right-hander Drew Hutchison.

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Kuhl Gets Routed by Cubs But Refuses to Lose His Cool

Sometimes it is easy to forget that Chad Kuhl had made just 18 starts in the major leagues and been in the big leagues less than a year.

Few 24-year-olds possess the mound presence of the Pirates right-hander. He never seems to rattle, which he proved in his major-league debut last June 26 when he beat the Los Angeles Dodgers and three-time National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.

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John Perrotto’s Sunday Three Thoughts

Three Thoughts On The Pirates:

  1. Bastardo has got to go

If I hit the Lotto, my first act of charity would to be give whatever is left of Antonio Bastardo’s $6.25-million salary to the Pirates with instructions to release him.

OK, it might not seem like a very charitable move to give money to billionaire owner Bob Nutting, who doesn’t spend enough of what he already has. However, it would do all Pirates’ fans — as well as the media who cover the team — a tremendous service.

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3 Thoughts on the Pirates

Three thoughts on the Pirates:

  1. It’s good to be Bob Nutting

The last time the Pirates officially changed hands. prior to the 1996 season, the sale price was $95 million.

That is how much Kevin McClatchy paid to buy the team from the public/private consortium that was formed in 1985 to purchase the Pirates from the Galbreath family and assure the franchise would stay in Pittsburgh. Almost the entire $95 million consisted of debt service.

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