Pirates Rule 5 Selection
By Tom Smith
RumBunter thinks the Bucs will take a right handed pitcher today. Yohan Pino has been talked about non-stop. His page is here which includes his work this winter. Aaron Breit has the power arm the Pirates love. We would love Disco Hayes, Caminero or A-Rod, but in the end it all points to Pino or Caminero. Who do you like? If the Yankees let Caminero slide to number two, surely the Pirates would jump on him over Pino. Right? We think so.
The Pirates could also lose Jean Machi today after his impressive time in the Venezuelan Winter League. The right-hander leads the league with 13 saves and has a 1.57 ERA in 24 games. Over 28 2/3 IP, he’s allowed just 21 hits (.202 BAA) and four walks while striking out 21. Jonathan Mayo highlighted him yesterday in this post.
UPDATE: Jesse Chavez to Atlanta? [Sporting News]
UPDATE: Washington Times says Nats will pick Kroenkewith the first pick for the Yankees. This could be interesting now for the Pirates….why wouldn’t the Yankees just DFA Bruney and add Kroenke?
See you in Cleveland.