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Pirates, Dodgers, & Rays Improve Team With Good Deals

Justin Morneau is a great addition to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team is hoping that he can propel  them to a division title along with the other new faces to their squad. Morneau is having a very productive with him hitting .259 to include 17 HRs and and 74 RBIs. He is not the guy who was the AL MVP in 2006 that hit 34 HRs while driving in 130 RBIs and had an average of .321. He can still provide a team with solid at-bats in a game and is a good guy to have in the clubhouse. The left-hander can hit righties as good as southpaws. He has a .286 average facing right-handers and hist .282 against left-handed pitchers. He still knows how to handle the bat with runners in scoring position, as indicated by him having 54 RBIs in this situation.

Justin Morneau is a great addition to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The team is hoping that he can propel them to a division title along with the other new faces to their squad. Morneau is having a very productive season with him hitting .259 to include 17 HRs and and 74 RBIs. He is not the guy who was the AL MVP in 2006 that hit 34 HRs while driving in 130 RBIs and had an average of .321. He can still provide a team with solid at-bats in a game and is a good guy to have in the clubhouse. The left-hander can hit righties as good as southpaws. He has a .286 average facing right-handers and hist .282 against left-handed pitchers. He still knows how to handle the bat with runners in scoring position, as indicated by him having 54 RBIs in this situation.

By Chris Lacey (Lead Baseball Columnist/Minority Website Owner)

The waiver wire during the month of August is way for teams that are either contending for a playoff spot or leading their respective division to improve their team.

Since we are in the final month of the baseball season, there are a couple of teams that made moves to ensure that they have players to help them for the stretch run.

Justin Morneau Career Highlights– Parental Guidance Is Advised 

 

DeJesus is a player that can play all the the outfield positions for Rays  and he can also come off the bench for them team. He is hitting .251 on the season with a .720 OPS in 336 at-bats. He handles right-handers well with a .269 average against, but struggles against lefties with only a .149 average.

DeJesus is a player that can play all the the outfield positions for Rays and he can also come off the bench for the team. He is hitting .251 on the season with a .720 OPS in 336 at-bats. He handles right-handers well with a .269 average against, but struggles against lefties with only a .149 average.

One team that made a flurry of moves and was very active during this period was the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates currently lead the National League Central by 1 ½ games over the St.Louis Cardinals and are three games ahead of the Cincinnati Reds.

They have a chance to claim their first division title since the 1992 season, which would be great for the team and baseball as well. The strength for the whole season of this Pirates team has been their pitching.

Pittsburgh is second in the NL with them only allowing 490 runs and they are second with a team ERA of 3.20. The offense has been good, but there is always room for improvement.

The Pirates are 10th in the NL with 545 runs scored and have a team batting average of .247 on the season. The offense could definitely use some help so they don’t have to continually rely on Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez.

The General Manager for the club Neal Huntington saw this as a great opportunity to strike while the iron was hot. He struck in big way by acquiring outfielder Marlon Byrd and catcher John Buck from the New York Mets.

This move was great because it filled the need of adding a bat that could produce in the middle part of their lineup. The other player in the deal Buck can serve a backup to starting catcher Russell Martin.

Huntington was still not done, as he also acquired first baseman Justin Morneau from the Minnesota Twins. This deal was a shock, but with Minnesota not competing this season it made sense for both parties involved.

The Pirates now have another bat in their lineup that can provide a jolt to the team on offense and make them dangerous with the great pitching they already have.

Pittsburgh has the look of a team that is poised to make a deep run in the postseason with the moves they have made to better their team.

The next team team that wanted to make their roster complete with the playoffs right around the corner is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers have a comfortable lead in the NL West with them 12 games ahead of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

They used a very historic run to vault themselves atop the division and are one of the better teams in baseball. They are also a favorite to be in the World Series with their dominant rotation and great offense that can score runs in a heartbeat.

It would seem they would not need to make any additions to a team this great, but as well all know no team is perfect and injuries can happen at the drop of a hat.

Los Angeles was able to get infielder Michael Young from the Philadelphia Phillies.  This is great deal, because he can provide the team with veteran leadership and knows what it is like to play baseball in October.

He is also a great hitter with him having a career batting average of .300 and playing solid defense. Young can also be a player that comes off the bench late in a game as a defensive replacement.

The Dodgers have a loaded team full of talented players and should be able to coast into the playoffs with the team they have now.

Another team that that made a great deal to acquire a player that would help them as the season winds down is the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays trail the Boston Red Sox by 6 ½ games in the AL East division, but are one of the two teams leading the Wild Card.

Tampa Bay once again made an under the radar move by adding outfielder David DeJesus to their team. He is a player that can either start or come off the bench for Joe Maddon’s team.

This gives them more depth at that position and he is a player that can make an impact for them with his ability to get on base.

These three teams all made moves to improve to get ready for the postseason and it would not surprise me to see these deals paying off in the postseason.

Young was somewhat of a surprise that he landed with the Dodgers. They will be glad to have him, as he is what you would call a professional hitter. He never gives up during an at-bat, and if you need a base hit in a key situation, he is your man. Young is a career .300 hitter and six times during his career, he has eclipsed more than 200 hits in a season.  He is a very versatile player with him able to play many positions in the infield, and there is no drop off with his defense. He prefers to hit right-handers with him having a .289 average against them, and just hits .250 facing left-handers. Young is solid with runners in scoring position with a .282 average and 31 RBIs in 103 at-bats.

Young was somewhat of a surprise that he landed with the Dodgers. They will be glad to have him, as he is what you would call a professional hitter. He never gives up during an at-bat, and if you need a base hit in a key situation, he is your man. Young is a career .300 hitter and six times during his career, he has eclipsed more than 200 hits in a season. He is a very versatile player with him able to play many positions in the infield, and there is no drop off with his defense. He prefers to hit right-handers with him having a .289 average against them, and just hits .250 facing left-handers. Young is solid with runners in scoring position with a .282 average and 31 RBIs in 103 at-bats.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views      of mlbreports.com or their partners.***

A big thank-you goes out to our ”Lead Baseball Columnist and Minority Website Owner” Chris Lacey. Chris has been a fan of watching baseball since the age of 13. Now he does like all sports – but his favorites after baseball are hockey and basketball. 

Chris is very good with computers and is a college graduate.  

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