The Pittsburgh Pirates have recently lost their closer, Jason Grilli, to the disabled list.
It only makes sense for them to see what is available via the trade market or free agent market for bullpen reinforcements. Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com has reported that the Pirates were one of many teams scouting former San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson on Thursday afternoon in Los Angeles.
Wilson is trying to return from the second Tommy John surgery of his career, and held a throwing session for several teams on Thursday. Teams in attendance along with the Pirates included the Arizona Diamondbacks, Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and the Giants.
The Pirates probably don’t need much in terms of bullpen help, but since they don’t know how serious Grilli’s injury really is yet, it does make sense for them to look into Wilson. Even if Grilli is able to return sooner than expected, adding a former closer with a career 3.21 ERA and 3.54 xFIP with 171 saves wouldn’t be horrible.
The Pirates offense isn’t good; in fact, it’s closer to awful than it is to good. Adding one or two bats at the trade deadline wouldn’t fix the offensive woes, so I raise this question:
Why not add more and more pitching to this already pitching-dominant team?
The Pirates already allow very few runs. In fact, they have one of the best pitching staffs in all of MLB. They have one of the best starting rotations and the best bullpen. If the offense isn’t going to be great, I think the Pirates should make the pitching even better. If the other team can’t score, the Pirates can’t lose, right?
Adding Wilson to this bullpen that already consists of Grilli, Mark Melancon, Justin Wilson, Tony Watson, Bryan Morris and Vin Mazzaro would be unfair to the rest of the NL. If the Pirates liked what they saw from Wilson on Thursday, I am all for them making an offer to him.
It is bullpen help, and it comes without having to trade any assets away.