The Pirates decided not to bring Josh Fields north for the season after his spring training run with the Buccos, and the Pirates decided to send him to Colorado in exchange for a player to be named later or cash. While the Pirates still have not selected a player from the Rockies (or chose the cash option), Fields has been playing in AAA Colorado Springs for the Rockies. Colorado Springs is known as a place where hitters can go wild, and that seems to be the case for Fields this year as well. He is hitting .383 with 7 home runs and 34 RBI in 39 games as of the time of this writing.
Until we know the return in this trade, it will be difficult to apply a grade at this time.
However, one reason the Pirates dealt Fields was so that they could keep Josh Rodriguez, who has since been returned to the Cleveland Indians organization as a Rule 5 selection.
So the jury will be out on this one for a while, although I do not expect a lot of impact either way. Fields may produce in Colorado at some point, so it is likely that this will not go down on the win column for Huntington and the Buccos, although the impact again is likely to be minor.
Category: Pirates Trades