Sure Enough, the Pirates Are Buying: Acquire Rangers Closer Keone Kela (UPDATE)

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Sure Enough, the Pirates Are Buying: Acquire Rangers Closer Keone Kela (UPDATE)

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Whether the Cubs were going to be in on Keone Kela or not – I tend to think not, since he’s a very good, cost-controlled, young reliever for whom the Rangers would want very good prospects – I still don’t like seeing the Pirates get him.

So, this confirms that not only are the Pirates not selling (good for them, I suppose), but they are also affirmatively buying. It’s a cost-controlled guy, so they are not necessarily going all in on rentals, but still. It’s buying that will improve them this season.

The Pirates are currently 7.0 games behind the Cubs in the NL Central, and 4.0 games out in the Wild Card. They face the Cubs 10 more times this season, starting with two in Pittsburgh tomorrow night and Wednesday.

UPDATE: Here’s at least part of the return:

Hearn was just ranked by MLB.com as the Pirates’ 7th best prospect, but was outside the top 10 to Baseball America.



Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.