MLB: The surprising player that Pirates could get off the boat, via change

It is very likely that Pittsburgh Pirates make shortstop Kevin Newman becomes available in the exchange market upon exiting the transaction freeze. That’s a bit of a surprise, given that the rebuilding Bucs are probably open to offers to everyone on their roster, except maybe Bryan Reynolds or Ke’Bryan Hayes.

However, it remains to be seen whether Newman would attract enough interest to make a trade worthwhile for a Pittsburgh club with very little certainty in the middle of the frame. The right-handed hitter is coming off a poor offensive performance, with his .226 / .265 / .309 mark registering 46 percentage points below the league average as measured by wRC +:

No other player who scored more than 500 plate appearances did less damage at the plate, although the mere fact that Newman dominated that level of playing time speaks to his contributions on the other side of the ball.

Public metrics like Defensive Runs Saved and Statcast’s Outs Above Average appreciated his work with gloves, and he was a finalist for the Gold Glove at shortstop.

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Coupled with a modest $ 1.95MM salary, perhaps Newman could attract the interest of teams like the New York Yankees or Minnesota Twins looking for a makeshift opportunity at the job, but his lack of productivity at the plate suggests he’s probably better suited for a utility role with a hopeful contender.

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Rafael Martinez

I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, the LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even a friendly NBA 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Graduated in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and within days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: The surprising player that Pirates could get off the boat, via change