The Pittsburgh Pirates recently DFA’d utility player Chris Bostick and the team has now worked out a trade with the Miami Marlins involving Bostick.
Chris Bostick was a Pittsburgh Pirates all-star this season, well at least at Triple-A Indianapolis he was one. Bostick is an interesting player who never really got a chance at the big league level. The Pittsburgh Pirates acquired Bostick back in the September of 2016 for then Pittsburg Pirates catching prospect Taylor Gushue. Bostick immediately reported to Triple-A Indianapolis the following season.
The most intriguing thing about Bostick is his versatility which he showed in Triple-A. In his minor league career alone he played all three outfield positions, shortstop, third base, and second base. Of all these positions, he has played second base and outfield the most.
He slashed .297/.357/.438/.795 for the Pittsburgh Pirates Triple-A affiliate this year.
Bostick has had a few cups of coffee with the Pirates over the last two season. In 2017 he appeared in 20 games for the Bucs and received 27 at-bats. In those at-bats, he had 8 hits including 2 doubles. His slash line for the 2017 season was .296/.406/.370, obviously a pretty small sample size. This year he also got a call up for only 2 games. In 2 games he only received 2 at-bats and did not reach base.
Even with a flash last season and a Triple-A All-Star election this year the Pirates did not see him in their future plans. So, the team designated him for assignment when they claimed lefty reliever Buddy Boshers off of waivers from the Houston Astros. Many figured that he would likely get claimed by a team on waivers, however, there was some hope that he would maybe slip through and be able to stay with the organization.
Instead, the Pittsburgh Pirates reached a trade with the Miami Marlins. The deal was reported by Jon Heyman of Fancred via Twitter. Coming back to the Pittsburgh Pirates is just cash considerations. Still, at least the team got something for Bostick rather than outright losing him. Obviously, Miami is intrigued with what Bostick can bring to the table being they made an actual trade to secure him. Chances are with a very poor team in Miami, Bostick will likely get a chance to play every day.