Pirates show ‘urgency’ by keeping David Bednar, Bryan Reynolds at the trade deadline

As his former staff finalized maybe the greatest blockbuster deal in baseball’s trade-deadline historical past, David Bednar had already packed and unpacked and made himself proper at residence.

Three hours earlier than Tuesday’s 6 pm deadline, the Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star nearer moved his gear to the coveted double locker area as soon as occupied by the most veteran member of the bullpen.

When the deadline elapsed, the San Diego Padres despatched shockwaves by means of the main leagues by buying 23-year-old celebrity outfielder Juan Soto and first baseman Josh Bell for a bundle of prime prospects in a daring bid to chase a World Series ring.

The Pirates, regardless of their last-place standing in the NL Central, stored their most coveted trade chips. They had been prepared to make offers, simply not any involving Bednar or heart fielder Bryan Reynolds, a 2021 NL All-Star. Both had been acquired in main offseason trades, Bednar as a part of the bundle from San Diego for pitcher Joe Musgrove in January 2021, Reynolds in return for sending five-time All-Star and 2013 NL MVP Andrew McCutchen to the San Francisco Giants in January 2018 .

Pirates common supervisor Ben Cherington hoped the lack of trade exercise despatched a message to a pissed off fan base that was anticipating a flurry of strikes. The Pirates are rebuilding however weren’t conducting a hearth sale.

“We really feel like the phrase is ‘urgency.’ We simply need to be pressing about getting higher all the time. Those are two guys that may be actually necessary elements to get higher shortly,” Cherington mentioned of Bednar and Reynolds. “We respect the heck out of them as folks, as gamers, worth what they do for the Pirates, on and off the discipline. I’m actually glad they’re Pirates at this time and tonight, and we’re thrilled that we get an opportunity to maintain constructing not simply with these two guys, however with many others on this group.

“At the identical time, look, there’s clearly loads of issues we now have to do higher, loads of areas to get higher if we will win at the degree we have to win at. There’s loads to do. We proceed that work.”

Cherington accomplished a trade Monday evening by sending left-handed starter Jose Quintana and right-handed reliever Chris Stratton to division-rival St. Louis Cardinals for right-handed pitcher Johan Oviedo and Double-A nook infielder Malcom Nunez.

Cherington finalized a minor deal at Tuesday’s deadline, sending money issues to the Toronto Blue Jays for right-handed reliever Jeremy Beasley.

Oviedo and Beasley had been optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis, Nunez to Double-A Altoona.

The trades addressed the Pirates’ wants with youthful choices. They view the 24-year-old Oviedo as a possible starter, Beasley, 26, as a reliever who balances their sinkerball-heavy bullpen with a four-seamer that sits at 95.4 mph and Nunez, 21, as a power-hitting nook infielder .

The 6-foot-5, 245-pound Oviedo labored largely out of the Cardinals bullpen, going 2-1 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 2513 innings over 14 video games, placing out 26 and strolling seven.

He was a starter at Triple-A Memphis, going 4-2 with a 5.58 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 50 innings over 10 begins. He has a four-pitch repertoire however depends totally on a four-seamer and slider whereas mixing in a curveball and changeup.

“In Oviedo’s case, he is sort of in the class of a man who’s nonetheless actually younger. We see a starter’s physique, starter’s supply, starter’s repertoire and has already touched the large leagues,” Cherington mentioned. “We suppose he isn’t fairly a completed product, and there are some particular issues we see that we predict we may also help him with, changes. He wants runway and alternative. We’re excited to work with him.”

Nunez, ranked the Cardinals’ No. 10 prospect by MLB Pipeline and No. 13 by Baseball America, batted .255/.360/.463 with 11 doubles, 17 residence runs and 66 RBIs in 86 video games for Double-A Springfield this season. He performs third base however is seen as a future first baseman/designated hitter.

“In Malcom’s case, he is a bit little bit of one thing we do not have loads of,” Cherington mentioned. “We really feel like we now have loads of expertise in the group, however possibly nook guys with actual bat-to-ball expertise, the hit talent with some power and energy, he is been actually younger for each degree he is been at. He’s carried out. Excited to work with him, too, and see if we may also help him faucet into much more of that offensive potential.”

The Pirates changed Stratton by recalling right-hander Colin Holderman, acquired from the New York Mets on July 22 for designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach.

The 6-foot-7 sinkerball thrower is seen as a possible high-leverage reliever who can complement Bednar and Wil Crowe.

More urgent, the Pirates want to switch Quintana in the beginning rotation. Promoting Miguel Yajure from Indianapolis is a risk as Roansy Contreras remains to be in the technique of build up after being shut down earlier than the All-Star break.

The Pirates additionally need to resolve whether or not to sever ties with underperforming veterans like first baseman Yoshi Tsutsugo and utility participant Josh VanMeter and tips on how to clear room in the outfield for rookies corresponding to Jack Suwinski and Travis Swaggerty.

Cherington anticipated discussing which strikes to make on the energetic 26-man roster with supervisor Derek Shelton after Tuesday’s recreation in opposition to the first-place Milwaukee Brewers. Shelton was extra involved with the management void created by the trades of Quintana and Stratton and which gamers will reap the benefits of the alternatives.

“Both Q and Stratton are terrific professionals,” Cherington mentioned, recounting a dialog with the Cardinals’ president of baseball operations. “I used to be telling John Mozeliak, ending that deal up (Monday) evening, and I advised him, ‘I do not know you will discover higher professionals on the scale of issues.’

Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review workers author. You can contact Kevin by electronic mail at kgorman@triblive.com or by way of Twitter .

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