The Pirates and the Nationals reached an agreement yesterday to send a first baseman Josh Bell Go to Washington to find a pair of right-handed pitchers Will Crowe with Eddie Young. Some reports after the transaction:
- The Pirates made no secret of their desire to remove players from the major league roster in the offseason in order to gain future value. General Manager Ben Cherington admits that trading for Brading Bell is certainly not Pittsburgh̵
- Cherington confirmed (via Gorman) that Crowe will compete for the Pittsburgh rotation in 2021. This is not surprising. The 26-year-old spent most of the 2018-19 season among minors and made his Major League Baseball debut last season. Crowe was bombarded in his three major league games, but it was far from enough to exclude him from the short-term rotation. Musgrove, Mitch Keller, Jameson Thaillon, Chur, Blatter and JT Brubeck At present, all of these may be ahead of Crowe on the depth map. Before the opening day, one or more of these participants seems likely to close the transaction.
- Among the two potential customers acquired by the Pirates, Crowe became more familiar due to his extensive experience in the league. The Washington Post’s Jesse Dougherty reports that, despite this, the Pittsburgh lobby is more attractive. It seems that this is the common feeling of the people. Dougherty wrote that Washington “(does not) believe that they have paid a lot to fill this obvious void” mainly because they are “not lukewarm” about Crowe’s future. On the other hand, ESPN’s Buster Olney (via Twitter) pointed out that Bell’s profile (at a low point on the defensive end) is one of the devaluations of the team in recent years. In terms of its value, the readership of MLBTR seems to prefer national transactions.