Sunday, May 04, 2008

Bucs DFA Evan Meek

I have no idea what the breaking point was here, but the Pirates just designated Evan Meek for assignment, which means that he goes on waivers and if he clears, the Rays get him back. Of course, the short blurb says that the Pirates want to keep Meek, meaning they're discussing a trade with the Rays to keep him here. I have no idea who or what would be involved, but I'm guessing well traveled minor leaguer Cash Considerations would be all the Pirates are looking to give up for Meek.

Meanwhile, Meek being gone means that Sean Burnett finally got the call to Pittsburgh and John Van Benschoten stays with the big club. I see what Huntington's doing here and it's hard to argue with it. Now is the time to figure out if either of these guys is going to be any kind of useful for the Pirates (if JVB stays in the pen, I think he might be) and it was pretty clear from the get-go that keeping Meek was only eating a roster spot up, even if he has a lot of potential. It's very depressing to think that our top picks in 2000 and 2001 might turn out to only be relievers, so don't think about that.