Former GM Surprised The Pirates Made Big Moves At Deadline

'Yesterday was a really big day in Pittsburgh Pirates history'

Joe Kapp
August 01, 2018 - 2:48 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - The Pirates made a huge splash and by most accounts won the Major League Baseball trading deadline by accruing the best relief pitcher on the market Keone Kela from the Rangers and the best starter on the market Chris Archer from the Tampa Rays. It was a surprise to many including MLB Network Radio Analyst and former GM Jim Bowden who discussed the moves on Wednesday on the Cook and Poni Show.

“Yesterday was a really big day in Pittsburgh Pirates history.” Bowden told the guys.

Bowden said it was a surprise to see the Pirates buying at the deadline but also out dueling some of the big market teams to get these deals done. He says he is happy for the Pirates, the front office and the fans who need to respond to the team doing the right thing.

“I hope the fans respond to this by going to the ballpark,” Bowden added. “It’s a way to say if you make an effort to win we will pay you back.”

Bowden said looking at the Archer deal from both sides…the Rays will feel that they can and will hit a homerun with either Tyler Glasnow or Austin Meadows but that he guarantees that the Pirates got the best player in the deal in Archer. He said the Pirates also didn’t have to part with top prospect Mitch Keller who he considers and untouchable.

“He is going to be an ace,” Bowden added. “I can see him starting for the Pirates in Game One of the World Series in three years.”

So do the moves make the Pirates a playoff contender?

“I think the Pirates have a shot,” Bowden said. “I’m not ready to predict they will make the playoffs but when you wake up only 3 games out…you have a shot.”

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