Pittsburgh Pirates: Recapping Ben Cherington's Trades Thus Far

Ben Cherington, since signing with the Pirates in 2019, has singlehandedly turned around the Pirates after Neal Huntington ruined them!

Jul 18, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Paul Skenes (left) speaks a
Jul 18, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Paul Skenes (left) speaks a / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Other trades too soon to tell

From July 27th to August 1st, the Pirates engaged in four trades, with three of them involving acquisitions of players where it's too early to make definitive assessments. In these deals, they traded away struggling talents like Rodolfo Castro, Ji-Man Choi, and Austin Hedges, along with upcoming free agents Rich Hill and Carlos Santana.

In return, they acquired:


Jhonny Severino: An 18-year-old shortstop and third baseman. It's too early to determine his potential due to a limited sample size.


Jackson Wolf: A 24-year-old starting pitcher from the Padres known for his good control. He has the potential to advance quickly if he remains healthy.


Estuar Suero: An 18-year-old player also from the Padres. While he shows promise with a good eye and potential as a contact hitter, it's still too soon to assess his true potential.


Alfonso Rivas: A player who has moved between teams without a clear direction. In the 2023 MiLB season with the Padres, he performed exceptionally well with a .332 batting average and a .462 on-base percentage. To unlock his full potential, Rivas needs more playing time and confidence at the major league level.


In the Castro trade, the Pirates received Bailey Falter, a pitcher with significant potential. His success hinges on maintaining control over hits and walks, and if he can stay healthy, he could become a valuable asset to the starting rotation. However, regaining his form after a setback might prove challenging.