Big Lead Sports Bar

3/26/2008

That Didn't Last Long

One this year's more intriguing stories, "The Great Byung-Hyun Kim Experiment", didn't last long, as he was bought out by the Pirates for the bargain price of $300,000.
Kim's sparkling spring line including 5 innnings pitched, 5 HR allowed, and a 14.40 ERA. Given one more chance to not impress the team yesterday, Kim said he was ill and got permission to leave McKechnie Field. What a gamer.
Besides Kim, the Pirates made a fleury of moves yesterday:
--Nate McLouth was named as the starting CF, but Nyjer Morgan will stick around as a backup.
--Jaret Wright, aka Turd Ferguson, was released.
--The contracts of IF Luis Rivas and utilityman Doug Mientkiewicz were purchased from AAA Indianapolis, which means pitcher Jonah Bayliss will have the opportunity to watch Pacer games on a regular basis.
--They released reliever Juan Perez.
--Acquired reliever Tyler Yates from the Atlanta Braves for pitcher Todd Redmond.
--Kevin Thompson, Elmer Dessens and Casey Fossum were also sent to Indy.
--Designated infielder Josh Wilson for assignment and reassigned infielder Jorge Velandia to minor-league camp.
--Relievers Sean Burnett, Phil Dumatrait, Franquelis Osoria, Evan Meek, Hector Carrasco and Masumi Kuwata are battling for three spots. Osoria and Dumatrait are believed to be locks.
Just a few days left until Ian Snell and John Smoltz face off in Atlanta on Monday. Can you feel the excitement building? Me neither.

2 comments:

BlackAndGold said...

Actually, the Buccos start out on the road, and will face the Braves in Atlanta before traveling to Miami to face the Marlins. Then they come north and open at home vs. the Cubs.

Also, John Smoltz is starting the year on the DL and Tim Hudson will pitch the night before in their rare one-game opener vs. Washington.

So no Hudson or Smoltz for the Buccos!

worstavid said...

I'm really depressed that the Pirates would cut a guy with an alias like "Turd" Furgeson