Pirates Trade Mark Melancon to Nationals

By Jared Lankes 

The Pirates drop their first trade of the 2016 trade deadline by dealing away closer Mark Melancon. In return, they receive two hard-throwing pitchers. One being MLB reliever Felipe Rivero. The other being A-ball lefty Taylor Hearn.

Firstly, let’s look at Rivero. He is a young lefty that can throw upwards to 100 mph with a devastating changeup that is great against righties. If he can get lefties out more, he’ll be great. In any case, there’s a lot to like there, not to mention he’ll be around through 2021. A nice value addition there.

As for Hearns, he is a lefty as well. He’s recovering from injury and has been working less innings because of it, but he can also hit 97-98 if not more. Pirates plan to use him as a starter, but he is a long way off still.

I’m going to miss Melancon. However, this is a good business move by the Pirates. You would’ve of course wanted more, but Rivero has a chance to be a can’t miss guy. Pirates could’ve probably gotten better prospects, but they took the reliever instead, which isn’t necessarily bad in this case.

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