The Pittsburgh Pirates were first rumored to have been shopping Jose Tabata Tuesday, according to a tweet from Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. It's widely known that the Pirates are in the market for a first baseman, and could look consider trading Tabata to fill the spot. Here are a couple of trades that the Pirates should be proposing.
The New York Mets have been shopping Ike Davis all offseason, and with the Pirates looking to unload Tabata and Vin Mazzaro, the two match up as a perfect trade partner. The Mets have a vastly unproven bullpen, and Mazzaro would likely have the opportunity to pitch the later innings if he were to be traded to Queens. Trading Davis would open up a slot for current outfielder and defensive liability Lucas Duda to move to first, which in turn would open up an outfield job for Tabata. Tabata's singles and doubles game is perfect for Citi Field, and the Pirates would be banking on Davis returning to his previous self, a player who hit 32 home runs in 2012 and recorded a 3.1 WAR in 2010. Looks like he is productive in even numbered years. The salaries match up well, with Tabata and Mazzaro making just under $4 million for the 2014 season while Davis is making $3.1 million.
A trade involving major league players with the division rival St. Louis Cardinals? As far-fetched as it seems, the trade does make sense for the Cardinals on some level. If they were to make this trade, the Cardinals would be able to shift Allen Craig back to first base, leaving an outfield of Matt Holliday, Peter Bourjos and John Jay with Tabata getting a good share of at-bats as the fourth outfielder spelling Jay and Bourjos, particularly against left-handers. The trade would also open up a spot for top prospect Oscar Tavares, who looks ready for big league competition. The Cardinals would also be adding a good middle innings reliever who is capable of starting. St. Louis just so happens to have one bullpen spot up for competition, and Mazzaro could certainly fill that void. In addition, Lambo could fill the role Adams played just a year prior on the eventual pennant winning team.
In return, the former Slippery Rock star and Division II batting champion would return to Pittsburgh. In just 319 plate appearances last year, Adams managed to post a 1.7 WAR and a .503 slugging percentage while hitting 17 home runs and driving in 51. He also seemed to terrorize the Pirates any time the two teams played each other, particular in the playoffs. Adams is projected by some outlets to hit between 24-28 home runs this season, a welcome addition to the Pirates lineup indeed.Tags: Andrew Lambo, Baseball, Ike Davis, Jose Tabata, Matt Adams, MLB, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pirates, Vin Mazzaro