Pirates Insider: 'I Think The Tact Is To Be A Moderate Seller'

Jason Mackey on the trade deadline

Greg Finley
July 23, 2019 - 4:02 pm
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Charles LeClaire USA Today

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) -  Pirates insider Jason Mackey talked about his thoughts on what the Pirates will do at the trade deadline on the PM Team Tuesday.

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“I think the tact is to be a moderate seller. Neal Huntington will be involved in a lot of conversations as he should be, he has some assets out there that I think people may want.”

Neal has to weigh his options about the kind of returns he could get for these players.

“If you know you’re not going to have a chance at keeping a guy, you might as well get something.”

The big buzz on Monday before the game was Pirates pitcher Keone Kela being suspended.

“I don’t think he did anything egregiously wrong,” said Mackey

Mackey continued by saying, because it’s only a two game suspension it couldn’t’ be something that bad, but he still expects Kela, once activated, to show up ready to pitch.

“I’m not going to sit here and crush the guy for not pitching in two games, I think he does deserve criticism if he comes back and pitches like crap,” said Mackey.

Related: Koll: Mysterious Suspension The Latest In Kela's Bizarre Pirates Career

Jason wasn’t fully on board with the fact that Hurdle rested Vazquez on Monday.

“You make that comeback and get that close and it’s taken away from you. Your playoff chances are hanging by a thread, and if you need to pitch Vazquez a third day in a row, then you do it.” 

Jason talked to Vazquez after the game Monday about if he was not allowed to pitch.

 “I asked Felipe if it was a Clint decision or a you decision and he said both agreed on it”

The mindset for this team headed into the all-star break compared to what the mindset is now, is day and night.

“The Sunday afternoon game before the break, there was a swagger in there that I have not seen. We come back and I don’t know why but it just never returned,” said Mackey.

Listen to the whole interview with Jason down below. 

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