Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Pirates Acquire Restovich

The Pirates just acquired Mike Restovich from the Rockies for a player to be named later and cash. Presuming the PTBNL isn't a prospect and that amount of cash isn't much (in the last few months, Restovich has been DFA'ed by the Rockies and Devil Rays and waived by the Twins, though with the Pirates one never knows), this is a nice little trade. Restovich is just 26 and has an .806 career major league OPS, and he has always hit pretty well against minor league pitching, so there could be some upside here. Since Craig Wilson is hurt, Nate McLouth and Chris Duffy aren't ready, and the Pirates don't want to move Daryle Ward to the outfield, the Pirates have a corner outfield spot available. This is a nice opportunity to find out more about Restovich, who could be a dirt-cheap, league-average player the next few years if everything breaks right for him. He might grab some starts here and there in the outfield, then become a solid bench player if better players become available. This trade isn't any big deal, but that doesn't mean it couldn't turn out nicely.


Blogger The Cheat said...

Could they have just claimed him when the Twins waived him out of camp?

8:03 PM  

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