July 24, 2021

Sanders In, Diaz Out, Gonzalez Signed (The Good Phight)

Yesterday was a busy day for the Pirates.

We’ll start with some encouraging news—it was announced that Steve Sanders, former director of amateur scouting for the Toronto Blue Jays, has been hired by the Pirates as assistant general manager. This hire shows that GM Ben Cherington is serious about improving the Pirates’ woeful farm system. Although only 31 years old, Sanders already has had a big hand in overhauling the Jays’ drafts while he worked with Cherington, and the Bucs need all the help they can get in that area.

In unsurprising news, catcher Elias Diaz was non-tendered. As I wrote in my October twenty-second article, he proved unreliable behind the plate, his batting stats were just as bad, and the Pirates are not going to pay $1.4 million to a guy with a .241 batting average who also came in last place in a ton of defensive categories. Supposedly he’s in the New York Mets’ sights, proving that there are teams more desperate than the Pirates. While Jacob Stallings is adeqate, this is a free agent’s job to take, but so far there haven’t been any blips on the radar as of yet.

In other unsurprising news, the Bucs agreed to a contract with infielder Erik…

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