Episode 31: Offseason Update, Saying Goodbye to Veteran Pittsburgh Pirates

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 03: A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts following an inning-ending double play in teh 6th inning against the Cincinnati Reds during the game at PNC Park on October 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 03: A.J. Burnett #34 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts following an inning-ending double play in teh 6th inning against the Cincinnati Reds during the game at PNC Park on October 3, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) /
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It’s never easy to say goodbye, but for the Pittsburgh Pirates, telling Trevor Williams and Jose Osuna to hit the road was the only option.

To avoid losing prospects to the rule five draft approaching this January, the Pirates decided to designate starter Trevor Williams and utility bat Jose Osuna for assignment in order to protect Rodolfo Castro and Max Kranick.

In this episode of Rum Bunter Radio, the whole crew is back to discuss what these moves mean to the roster and the city of Pittsburgh.

They provide analysis on why Ben Cherrington decided to make these moves, and why it was important to protect the young guns.

While on the subject the discussion shifts to how the Pirates plan to spend their number one pick in the rule five draft if they decide to use it at all.

In the past week, Rum Bunter has released articles detailing which free agent targets are most likely for Pittsburgh to sign. The guys break down these articles and talk about where certain moves will leave the team.

Will Asdrubal Cabrera or Luis Pedromo make a difference in black and gold?

Adam Frazier remains a Pirate after months of trade talks around the middle infielder. Even though he hasn’t been moved yet, there’s a good chance he will not begin the year in Pittsburgh.

Who’s emerged as the most likely candidate to make a deal for Frazier?

Three Pirates appear on this year’s ballot for the greatest hall you can be a part of.

Will Cooperstown add more Pirates to an already deep field?

The show concludes with a discussion on what AJ Burnett meant to the city of Pittsburgh, and his chances along with Aramis Rameriz’ and Barry Bonds’ of getting to the hall of fame.

Batten down the hatches, clear the deck’s moves are being made in Pittsburgh and Rum Bunter Radio has you covered.

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