The Pittsburgh Pirates acquires star defensive shortstop Adeiny Hechaverria and cash considerations from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league pitcher Matt Seelinger.
Adeiny Hechavarria has never been much of a hitter with 2018 being no exception with Hechavarria hitting .258/.289/.332 with 3 home runs and 26 RBI in 237 plate appearances. Despite his mediocre hitting, Hechavarria is a stud with the glove and while he is most likely not going to bump Jordy Mercer from the Pirates’ starting shortstop position, Hechavarria will be a solid backup.
In an article I recently wrote regarding whether or not the Pirates are true contenders of a Wild Card Spot, I stated, “The Pirates should also consider making a trade to improve their infield, with Brian Dozier, Scooter Gennett, and Eduardo Escobar being some options.” While they did not make a big splash by acquiring one of these three, Hechavarria will give the Pirates options in their infield while improving the number of days off Pittsburgh can give its starting infielders.
It is clear that the Pirates are all in on making the 2018 Postseason and after acquiring Chris Archer from the Tampa Bay Rays, it is clear that they are making the right moves. The Tampa Bay Rays need prospects and the Pirates have been willing to give them up for the sake of this season. The way that the Pirates are going about this makes it easier and easier to see them playing October Baseball for the first time since 2015.