Sunday, February 12, 2017

Pirates trade for Gosselin and Light

The Pittsburgh Pirates shored up their infield a bit and attempted a revitalization of another power arm in two different deals.

Pittsburgh added utility infielder Phil Gosselin in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks in return for minor league pitcher Frank Duncan.
The 28 year old Gosselin saw his most action in the show last season for the Diamondbacks as he hit .277 with 2 homers in 240 at bats.
Gosselin's best position is second base,although he can fill in all around the infield.
The former Brave (before Arizona) prospect is expected to battle Alen Hanson for the final infield spot on the team and that should be interesting to follow as Gosselin has minor league options and the once top prospect Hanson is out of those options.

As for the 24 year old Duncan,he had an excellent year split between AA Altoona and AAA Indianapolis (2.34 ERA combined between the two stops),but reports on his stuff indicates that he is more of an innings eater/5th starter as his ceiling and the former Kansas Jayhawk has several arms ahead of him in the Pirates system,so dealing him seems to be from a position of strength,although one can argue that Gosselin is far from an upgrade over Hanson to be dealing even limited prospects for.
Pittsburgh designated Nefi Ogando for assignment after claiming him from the Marlins in December in order to make space on the roster for Gosselin.

Pittsburgh also sent some cash to the Minnesota Twins in return for righthanded pitcher Pat Light.
The soon to be 26 year old Light was a touted prospect in the Boston system,but was sent to the Twins last season for Fernando Abad and didn't exactly light (Pun intended) the league up in his first taste of big league action.
Light posted an ERA of over seven in 16 innings between Boston and Minnesota and walked 16 batters in those innings.
Lights throws in the mid to high 90's and he would seem to have the arm that is intriguing enough to try to smooth out the command issues that have
plagued Light throughout his years as a Red Sox farmhand.
Light should compete for a spot in the bullpen and at worst be a callup in event of injury from AAA Indianapolis.
The Pirates designated Lisaberto Bonilla for assignment to make space for Light.
Bonilla had been signed in the offseason after spending last season in the Dodgers organization

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