The names of players that the Pittsburgh Pirates are inquiring on is growing rapidly as the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline approaches. Two more were added to the list today.
John Perrotto has the Pittsburgh Pirates linked to two new names. A left handed specialist who had some fielding follies over the weekend and the 36-year old Carlos Lee of the Miami Marlins.
Lee has just six homers this year and is hitting .277 for the Marlins. The Fish traded for Lee from the Astros, but now find themselves out of contention and are having a fire sale in South Beach.
Jose Mijares is putting up some nice stats, primarily against left handed hitters this season. The Pirates generally avoided such pitchers, but with the need to add another lefty to join Tony Watson, Perrotto has called Mijares the Bucs ‘primary’ relief target for the job. Mijares now leads the American League in appearances this season.
From the Royals website:
SEATTLE — Royals relief pitcher Jose Mijares is the kind of guy who’ll burst into manager Ned Yost’s office to show off his latest mad scientist invention — a bat with a shoe taped to the end.
“He took [Brayan] Pena’s shoe and made it into a pick ax,” Yost said, laughing. “He’s been pitching good all year, really,” Yost said. “He’s pitched well, he’s pitched a lot. I was kind of surprised to see in the stats that he’s got the second-most appearances for a reliever. So he’s pitching a bunch, too.”
Mijares depends basically on his fastball, a good slider and, when he’s not pitching, his sense of humor.
“The guys in the bullpen love him,” Yost said.
Mijares lowered his ERA to 1.67 with a 2-1 record and 37 strikeouts in 37 2/3 innings. Lefty sticks are hitting just .203 off him this year, but right handers are 17-for-60 for a .283 average.
The lefty earns $925K this year and will be arbitration eligible following the season.