Replacing the injured Evan Meek on Pittsburgh’s roster will be 2007 first-round pick Daniel Moskos, the Pirates announced Saturday.
It will be the first trip to the majors for Moskos, who was drafted fourth overall behind David Price (Rays), Mike Moustakas (Royals) and Josh Vitters (Cubs) four years ago. The Pirates weren’t interested in spending the money to secure Matt Wieters, who went fifth to the Orioles, and ended up choosing Moskos over talents like Jason Heyward, Madison Bumgarner and Jarrod Parker.
Moskos gets the call after opening the season with a 1.69 ERA and a 7/1 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings out of the pen for Triple-A Indianapolis. The Pirates made him a full-time reliever last year, and he ended 2010 with a 4.14 ERA and 22 saves between Double- and Triple-A.
So, perhaps it’s not fair to call him a bust just yet. He does have a chance of developing into a steady left-handed reliever. But when the best-case scenario for the fourth overall pick is John Grabow’s career, it’s safe to say something went wrong.
Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Jake Arrieta‘s agent Scott Boras says they’ll discuss a potential contract extension with the Cubs when they meet in January to hammer out arbitration figures.
Arrieta, 30, is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $10.7 million in 2016. The right-hander followed up his Cy Young Award-winning 2015 campaign by going 18-8 with a 3.10 ERA and a 190/76 K/BB ratio in 197 1/3 innings during the regular season. Arrieta pitched well in the postseason, helping the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908.
While Boras clients tend to go to free agency, it’s not always the case. Stephen Strasburg inked a seven-year, $175 million extension with the Nationals earlier this year.
Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports, citing a source as well as Nikkan Sports, that reliever Koji Uehara is close to signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs.
Uehara, 41, finished the 2016 season with a 3.45 ERA and a 63/11 K/BB ratio over 47 innings. He missed some time in the second half with a strained right pectoral muscle. When Uehara returned from the disabled list on September 7, he tossed 11 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts and two walks through the end of the regular season. So there’s at least some evidence, albeit in a very small sample size, that Uehara has stuff left in the tank.
The Cubs recently acquired closer Wade Davis from the Royals. Uehara would join Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards, Jr., Justin Grimm, and Mike Montgomery in what is once again a very deep bullpen.