The Pittsburgh Pirates have been in the market for outfield help. After exploring bigger names like Giancarlo Stanton, Alex Rios and Hunter Pence, it appears there search is down to either David DeJesus or Nate Schierholtz of the Chicago Cubs.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported today that the Cubs expect to trade either DeJesus or Schierholtz, and that the Pirates are in on both of them. Rosenthal doesn’t list any other teams that are involved, so the Pirates are probably being considered favorites to land either outfielder.
Schierholtz is undeniably the better option. He has a .272/332/.517 slash line with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs in 320 plate appearances. DeJesus, in 248 plate appearances, has a .268/.327/.452 slash line with just six home runs and 24 RBIs. As always, since Schierholtz is the better and younger player, he would cost a bit more in terms of prospects. According to Pirates Prospects, DeJesus is worth a grade B hitting prospect. That could be anyone from Dilson Herrera to Josh Bell, and that seems like an overpay to me. Schierholtz is worth even more than that apparently.
The Pirates current right field situation just isn’t that good, so I do think the Pirates need to do something to upgrade. Jose Tabata is hitting for a less-than-great .253/.329/.367 slash line with two home runs and three stolen bases. He’s also below average defensively, while both Schierholtz and DeJesus are above average in the field. After Tuesday’s sweep of a double-header against the St. Louis Cardinals, fans and media are wondering if the Pirates even need to make a move. The Pirates have one of the worst offenses in the National League, they obviously need help.