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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Jameson Taillon Traded to New York Yankees

Since his trade, Jameson Taillon's performance has not been the same. Although he maintained a decent level of play with the Yankees, since signing a 4-year, $68 million contract with the Cubs it has brought nothing but struggle.

In 24 starts with the Cubs, he has posted a 5.62 ERA and holds a 7-9 record. The trade saw the Pirates acquire Miguel Yajure, Roansy Contreras, Maikol Escotto, and Canaan Smith-Njigba in return. Yajure has been claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants since. Contreras has experienced fluctuations in the majors, enjoying a solid season in 2022 but encountering control issues leading to an ERA of 6.59 in 2023. Escotto has faced difficulties advancing beyond High-A and has managed a batting average of .211 in 2023. Meanwhile, Smith-Njigba has struggled to secure a consistent spot on the MLB roster.