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Pirates get Zach Stewart from Red Sox, Vin Mazzaro and Clint Robinson from Royals

Nov 28, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

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Pittsburgh made a pair of minor trades, acquiring right-hander Zach Stewart from the Red Sox for a player to be named later and getting right-hander Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Clint Robinson from the Royals for minor leaguer pitchers Luis Santos and Luis Rico.

Boston got Stewart from Chicago in the Kevin Youkilis trade, but designated him for assignment last week. He has a 6.82 ERA in 103 career innings, but Stewart has a decent track record in the minors and could emerge as a useful back-of-the-rotation starter or middle reliever.

Mazzaro is a similar story in that the Royals got him from the A’s for David DeJesus and then designated him for assignment following a 6.72 ERA in 72 innings. He doesn’t have much upside, but gives the Pirates some more pitching depth.

As a 27-year-old first baseman Robinson was never going to get a chance in Kansas City behind Billy Butler and Eric Hosmer, but he’s consistently crushed minor-league pitching  and offers 20-homer power with good strike zone control. Robinson hit .309 with a .396 on-base percentage and .493 slugging percentage in two seasons at Triple-A, so it’s nice to see the 6-foot-5, 250-pounder go somewhere he might actually get an opportunity.

  1. geoknows - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    When I first read the headline I saw “Royals acquire Stewart for Mazzaro and Robinson,” and thought “no way.” Then I learned to read better.

    The scouting view of Clint Robinson begins and ends with “Quad-A masher” but maybe the Pirates will find otherwise. He’s a dreadful defender, worse than Billy Butler, so don’t expect much there, though.

  2. mattyflex - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    There’s no room on a team with bad pitching for a guy that gave up 14 runs in 2 1/3 innings. Good riddance, Mazzaro.

    • blacksables - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:54 PM

      Why was he left in there to give up that many runs in so few innings? Maybe it’s the management that needs to go, and young pitcher need more than a couple of innings to show what they can do.

      • mattyflex - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM

        Fine point, but Yost left him in to try an eat some innings. I’m not sure at which run (the 9th, 10th, or perhaps 11th) that they decided he wasn’t going to walk out of the stadium with his head attached. I know that Kyle (Hiram) Davies got banged around (possibly even injured) as the starter and they brought Mazarro in to do… well, I’m not really sure what, but it was embarrassing.

  3. proudlycanadian - Nov 28, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Zach Stewart was once a promising prospect who was traded from the Reds to the Jays as part of the Rolen trade. He was OK when pitching in the minors for the Jays, but faltered when given a chance to pitch for the big team. He was traded to the White Sox in 2011 as part of the 3 way Toronto/Chicago/St Louis trade. He did not pitch well for the White Sox and was subsequently traded to the Red Sox. I got a chuckle a couple of months ago when I saw some Red Sox fans claiming that Stewart would be adequate compensation for John Farrell. Stewart remains a “suspect” whose time to prove that he is capable of pitching in the majors is running short. I wish both him and the Pirates good luck, but I suspect that he will never be a decent major league pitcher.

  4. stairwayto7 - Nov 28, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    What about Garrett Jones and Gaby Sanchez at 1st?

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