Pittsburgh Pirates Podcast: José Quintana Signed, Rule 5 Talk & More

What could’ve been for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Really, what couldn’t have been.

Legend has it that the Pittsburgh Pirates were ready to unload a large crop of prospects including Tyler Glasnow, Adam Frazier, Josh Bell and other minor leaguers for the then superstar Jose Quintana and up and coming pitcher Dane Dunning.

Fortunately for the Pittsburgh Pirates the White Sox weren’t willing to play ball, and the deal was never done.

After long anticipation, and prime offseason alignment José Quintana has signed a one year, two million dollar contract, and Rum Bunter Radio is back to break it all down.

What will Quintana’s roll look like in 2022? Well for starters probably not what it would’ve looked like back in 2015. Most are assuming Jose will serve as the Tyler Anderson for this young Pirate squad. Which certainly won’t move the needle, but would be plenty for Pirates’ squad that will continue their rebuild in 2022.

Amidst all of the additions happening around major league baseball, roster cuts had to be made by this past Friday amongst Rule 5 eligible minor leaguers to clear the appropriate amount of space on the 40 man roster.

The Pirates protected four players, Canaan Smith-Njigba, Liover Peguro, Jack Suwinski along with Travis Swaggerty. These players were expected to receive protection, but several others were left out potentially leading to their ultimate drafting by another club.

Tanaj Thomas the most intriguing name on the list of unprotected players, a list that included Mason Martin, Eddy Yean, Cody Bolton, Cal Mitchell, Yerry De Los Santos, Omar Cruz and Lolo Sanchez.

Several players scare the Rum Bunter Radio crew, listen to find out who they believe will remain un-drafted, and who will have new threads for the 2022 season.

To close out the show the trio talks about the upcoming CBA expiration on December 1st and the inevitable lockout that will follow. The guys ask Noah what he thinks will happen, and how long it will take for things to kick back up if a lock out were to go down.

Batten down the hatches, clear the decks and enjoy episode 72 of Rum Bunter Radio!