Tag:D.J. Carrasco
Posted on: December 3, 2010 12:28 am
Edited on: April 18, 2011 11:37 am

Russell Martin among those non-tendered

The deadline to tender contracts was Thursday night at 11:59 p.m., and here's the players who were not tendered contracts and are now free agents:

A's: Edwin Encarnacion, Jack Cust, Travis Buck

Angels: Kevin Frandsen

Astros: Sammy Gervacio

Blue Jays: Jeremy Accardo, Fred Lewis

Braves: Matt Diaz

Brewers: Todd Coffey, Joe Inglett

Diamondbacks: Blaine Boyer, Ryan Church, Augie Ojeda, D.J. Carrasco

Dodgers: Russell Martin, George Sherrill, Trent Oeltjen

Giants: Eugenio Velez, Chris Ray

Mariners: Ryan Rowland-Smith

Marlins: Jose Veras, Ronny Paulino

Mets: Chris Carter, Sean Green, John Maine

Nationals: Wil Nieves, Joel Peralta, Chein-Ming Wang

Orioles: Matt Albers

Padres: Scott Hairston, Tony Gwynn Jr., Luis Perdomo, Matt Antonelli

Pirates: Lastings Milledge, Argenis Diaz, Donnie Veal, Brian Burres

Rangers: Dustin Nippert

Rays: Lance Cormier, Willy Aybar, Dioner Navarro, J.P. Howell

Red Sox: Hideki Okajima, Taylor Buchholz, Andrew Miller

Rockies: Manny Delcarmen

Royals: Josh Fields

Tigers: Zach Miner

White Sox: Bobby Jenks, Erick Threets

Yankees: Alfredo Aceves, Dustin Mosley

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 12:04 pm

Ex-Pirate says players don't care about winning

D.J. Carrasco Ex-Pirates reliever D.J. Carrasco thinks he knows what is ailing the Pirates.

"The guys don't take it seriously enough that they're losing all the time," Carrasco said as his new team, the Diamondbacks, prepare to take on the Pirates for the first time since Pittsburgh sent Carrasco, since-released infielder Bobby Crosby and outfielder Ryan Church to Arizona for catcher Chris Snyder and minor-league infielder Pedro Ciriaco.

"You would think there's a lot of negative energy from losing all the time," Carrasco continued to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette .

But that wasn't the case.

The Pirates are in the midst of their 18th straight losing season and are on pace to have the worst of these losing seasons with a 48-98 record currently, "good" for a .329 winning percentage. The next-lowest win percentage is 2001's .383, followed by 2009's .385 -- so things are getting worse, not better.

"That's something that needs to be worked on internally from the players themselves, to have a pride issue of getting beat up every day," Carrasco added. "It didn't seem like that. I'm sure the staff cares big-time, but it didn't seem the players cared as much as the staff."

Unfortunately, there are no quotes on how Carrasco perceives his new team, as a culture of winning was also brought into question for Arizona. There were reports that players were too complacent with losing, which led to GM Josh Byrnes and manager A.J. Hinch's dismissal. Replacing Hinch is the fiery, iconic Kirk Gibson while the interim general manager, Jerry DiPoto, cited Joe Saunders' aptitude for winning as what made him desirable in the Dan Haren trade.

There's no secret that the Pirates are struggling and manager John Russell along with general manager Neal Huntington are in danger of losing their jobs. However, the Bucs have an intriguing young offense blossoming and made two high-profile amateur draft signings in pitchers Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie, portending good things down the road.

Pittsburgh may be on its 18th straight losing season -- and yes, perhaps the psyche of the players may come into account -- but the end of that
ignominious streak is looming.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: July 20, 2010 9:38 pm

Teams interested in Pirates' Carrasco

D.J. Carrasco The Pirates have fielded calls from at least five teams on relief pitcher D.J. Carrasco, reports Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review .

Carrasco had an excellent season for the White Sox in 2009, hurling 93 1/3 innings of a 3.76 ERA, whiffing 62 and issuing just 29 free passes. He was surprisingly non-tendered, although that's been to the Pirates' gain.

He signed a one-year deal with the Bucs in the offseason and remains under team control for two more seasons. He's posted a 4.14 ERA in an even 50 innings and has 39 punchouts. While his command has slipped, it's not outrageous and he's easily one of the more attractive relief options on the market given his strong body of work over the last few seasons.

Relief pitching is plentiful in the market, but is also in line with the other available trade pieces in having high prices attached to acquire a player. Pittsburgh GM Neal Huntington did say a few days ago that he has moved beyond "prospect gathering" and are not making moves with an eye towards improving the major-league club.

Any such move of Carrasco would then likely have to be of a singular quality prospect -- not multiple ones to boost the system overall -- or a piece that can contribute to Pittsburgh at a different position, or even out of the bullpen and just be younger with additional years of team control.
-- Evan Brunell

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