By Jason Shetler
On Thursday, the Pirates swung a trade with one of their NL Central rivals, as they acquired Jason Rogers from the Milwaukee Brewers for Keon Broxton and Trey Supak. Here is my assessment of the deal for both sides.
The Pirates get themselves a player who has the versatility to play the infield and outfield. Rogers showed good offensive production with the Brewers in 2015, posting an .808 OPS and a 120 OPS+. He could fill in at third base once Jung-Ho Kang returns. Rogers has a chance to be an above average bat off the bench with years of team control.
From the Brewers standpoint, they obtain Keon Broxton, a very speedy outfielder, who will most likely be on their Opening Day roster as a reserve. With the Pirates crowded outfield depth in the system, it gives Broxton a better opportunity to stay on the big club with Milwaukee. Trey Supak is a projectable arm that the Pirates took in the second round of the 2014 MLB Draft. In two seasons, he has struggled with a 5.85 ERA, but he’s thrown 52.1 innings, which is a pretty small sample size. Supak projects to throw a mid-90’s fastball. He’s only 19, so he has plenty of time to develop into a good prospect.