'Pure cheapness': Pirates dumping Juan Nicasio for nothing baffles many
A local narrative is become a little more clear around the country.
In the wake of the Pirates giving up Juan Nicasio for nothing and getting the $600,000 he's owed for the rest of the season off the books, analysts left little doubt on their feelings about the move — and the organization.
Even general manager Neal Huntington called the move an "unusual step."
Yahoo! Sports MLB columnist Jeff Passan said the move was borne of "pure cheapness."
I know Pittsburgh is out of the race, but to let a quality RP like Juan Nicasio leave for nothing to save $600K screams of pure cheapness.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 31, 2017
"We acknowledge the minimal amount of money saved by making this move," Huntington said in a statement Thursday. "However, as a result of our decision and Juan's pending free agency at the end of the season, we felt it appropriate to attempt to move Juan to a better situation for him."
To break that down: The Pirates saved money. Nicasio was going to be a free agent at the end of the season. Nicasio still will be a free agent at the end of the season. Nicasio is now pitching for the Phillies, who have the worst record in baseball. So how, exactly, does this quality as a "better situation" for him?
What are your thoughts on the Pirates' explanation about what happened with Juan Nicasio? (For more details: https://t.co/gQjrfxiw8N )— Tribune-ReviewSports (@TribSports) September 1, 2017
Reaction locally ranged from outrage to confusion to disgust. Nicasio had been among the Pirates' most effective relievers. And tears shed from Pirates closer Felipe Rivero.
It isn't just Nicasio. This is 3rd time this year an expected Pirates expenditure was not realized. -Kang-Marte susp-NicasioWhere is $?— Colin Dunlap (@colin_dunlap) August 31, 2017
This is surreal. The Pirates got nothing for Nicasio. The Pirates gave the Phillies something for Joaquin Benoit. https://t.co/SkSO0JByh0— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) August 31, 2017
Wait the Pirates chose to lose Juan Nicasio for NOTHING? What a joke. Why an absolute joke. Zero defending this. None. Awful.— Nick Case (@Nick422) September 1, 2017
#pirates are a joke, but this Nicasio move was no surprise. 600k buys Nutting a lot of fake snow up at 7 Springs— Cheryl Hutton (@goaliemom1104) September 1, 2017
I really don't know how the Pirates can justify cutting Juan Nicasio...— Andy Mease (@ameaseYDR) August 31, 2017