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Pirates Trade Roansy Contreras to Angels

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Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Roansy Contreras walks off the field after being taken out the game in the third inning of a spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Lakeland, Fla. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The Pirates have traded Roansy Contreras to the Los Angeles Angels, officially ending the 24-year-old right-hander’s time in Pittsburgh, a Pittsburgh Baseball Now source has confirmed.

Pittsburgh will receive cash considerations from the Angels in return, the negligible acquisition cementing an embarrassing end to a once-promising future for the Pirates.

The Pirates designated Contreras for assignment on Saturday, May 11, making room for 2023 first overall pick Paul Skenes on their 40-man roster. Contreras, a one-time top 100 prospect in all of baseball per MLB Pipeline, looked like he could become a cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s rotation for years to come during the first half of the 2022 season, when he posted a 3.79 ERA with 86 strikeouts in 95 innings.

Contreras’ numbers started to tail off following that year’s All-Star Break, though, and he never recaptured that same form, falling out of the starting rotation in 2023 before getting optioned to the Florida Complex League, where the Pirates hoped to revitalize his young career using the bevy of mechanical and biometric data equipment at Pirate City. He made 12 relief appearances for Pittsburgh in 2024, pitching to a modest 4.41 ERA across 16.1 innings despite an ugly 1.65 WHIP.

Having exhausted his options to the minor leagues, the Pirates were instead forced to designate him for assignment in order to create space for Skenes on the big league roster.

It’s a disappointing end to the young pitcher’s Pirates’ career, even if the underlying numbers suggested he was due for regression amidst the height of his breakout season.

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Ron Cokeane

Cash. Why am I not surprised? Something Nutting values more than any player. Is there another team out there that accepts cash as a return for a trade as often as the Pirates? I would love to know.

Right into the coffers…

Ron Cokain

Cash. I should have known. The one thing Nutting values more than any player. Fill those coffers…

Ron Cokeane

I would love to know the data on this. It seems that the Pirates receive cash in trade returns more than other teams. I would have thought that Contreras was a player of enough stature to warrant the return of an actual player, not just cash. Even in a waivers situation.

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