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Ben Gamel, Jake Marisnick Most Likely Pirates to Still be Traded

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With Major League Baseball’s trade deadline arriving at 6 p.m. Tuesday, the largest part of Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Ben Cherington’s wheeling and dealing is almost certainly done.

All should be quiet on the Western PA front…

While there continued to be some scattered reports Monday that center fielder Bryan Reynolds and closer David Bednar might be dealt, it is very doubtful. Baseball sources, both inside and outside the Pirates organization, said late Monday night they fully expect both players to remain in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform through the end of the season at the very minimum.

Thus, Cherington, the Pirates’ general manager, likely swung his biggest deal of the trading season Monday night when he shipped left-hander Jose Quintana and reliever Chris Stratton to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Johan Oviedo and Double-A corner infield prospect Malcom Nunez.

Quintana was the Pirates’ biggest remaining trade chip following the July 22 deal that sent designated hitter Daniel Vogelbach to the New York Mets for Triple-A relief prospect Colin Holderman.

The two players most likely to be dealt Tuesday are outfielder Ben Gamel and Jake Marisnick. While both could help contending teams in a bench role, neither would likely to net the Pittsburgh Pirates much in return.

Gamel, 30, has a .234/.327/.355 slash line and four home runs in 68 games. He has been a league-average outfielder and has a minus-1 defensive run saved in 2022.

Defense has always been the calling card for the 31-year-old Marisnick, who has been limited to 31 games this year because of injuries. He has two DRS this season while hitting .234/.272/.390 with two homers in 31 games.

Gamel and Marisnick are both eligible for free agency at the end of the season.

Are there any other trades you could see the Pirates making before the deadline is up? Let us know in the comments!

 

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Nick Campano

I would love to see the Pirates trade Gamel or Marisnik to to the Yankees for Andujar. Definitely a risk worth taking to see if Andujar can find his swing again in Pittsburgh.

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