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Pirates claim Wood off waivers

Posted on: April 22, 2011 1:33 pm
Edited on: April 22, 2011 1:36 pm
By Matt Snyder
Brandon Wood was designated for assignment by the Angels late Tuesday night, meaning he was placed on waivers before either traded or given his outright release. The Pirates have claimed the once-hyped third baseman off waivers, reports Ken Rosenthal of .

Wood, 26, was once a consensus top five prospect in all of baseball, but has floundered in major-league action for parts of five seasons, putting together a .168 average with 11 home runs, 33 RBI, a .456 OPS, 153 strikeouts and 13 walks in 493 plate appearances.

Pedro Alvarez is firmly planted at third base for the Pirates, so Wood isn't going to fit there. Wood could, however, move back to shortstop, where the Pirates are getting nothing out of Ronny Cedeno. At least Wood has upside. Of course, the Pirates do have a placeholder at first base in 34-year-old Lyle Overbay. Wood has seen some action at first in the past. If things go well, Wood could fit at shortstop and as a backup at several positions in the short-term and may be a long-term player at first base if he somehow gets everything figured out.

This claim is a low-risk move with the eyes on the future. If he doesn't pan out, it won't hurt the Pirates in the short- or long-term for having given him a chance to resurrect his once-promising career.

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Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 9:21 pm

Pirates claim Wood off waivers

After watching the Marlins blowup the Pirates pitching, they've got to make a move at someone. The game is broken wide open on them before they get more than 2-3 inningx in. Bad 3 game series ? I'd say so, because they have hung tougher to get to 8-8 before the Marlins series got them to 8-11. But tendencies are there from the blowouts they've endured to get to 8-8, even the close wins they've found a way to scratch and claw their way when they were a couple of games above .500.

At any rate, the Pirates have bigger issues still at pitching than they do in their lineup. Off waivers, this was a cheap pickup in comparison for the Pirates.

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 8:08 pm

Pirates claim Wood off waivers

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: April 22, 2011 7:52 pm

Pirates claim Wood off waivers

I can envision the scene in Pittsburgh's front office in about two weeks...

"Mr. Saltalamacchia, meet Mr. Wood. You two will be helping us extend our all time losing seasons record. We're thinking about giving Jeff Clement another call, as well."

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 5:47 pm

Pirates claim Wood off waivers

PensPackCavsBuc - You obviously aren't paying attention...
This guy is at least young...
Wood is barely 2 years younger than Cedeno.
Who's to say that he won't contribute...
The Angels, obviously.
If he could hit .250 and be an average fielder, he'd be an upgrade over Ronny Cedeno...
He will never hit .250 and he will never be an average fielder - and consequently (and amazingly, because is should be easy for anybody), he will never be an upgrade over Cedeno.

The only thing close to comparable here is the fielding pct.  Both players have a career .962 fielding pct. - (below avg.) 

Everything else, (and I mean EVERYTHING else) goes to Cedeno.  And while that doesn't say much for Cedeno, it says worlds about Wood.  He has NEVER hit above .200 in the majors.  (At least Cedeno hits .240.)  Wood has a .197 OBP???  really?  how do you even accomplish that?  .197?  Cedeno is at .282.  Cedeno has an almost .100 point advantage on slugging.  (Cedeno better than anyone with that slugging pct is laughable and yet he's 100 points better than Wood.) 

Wood has 13 walks, 78 hits and 153 K's !!!  (If the Pirates could stumble upon a pitcher with those stats, it'd be a miracle.)  That means he strikes twice as much as he hits and over 10 times (almost 12) as much as he walks.  That's not only unheard of, it's damn near impossible.

Not once, not twice, not 3, not 4, but 5 times, Wood has managed more K's in a season than hits.  That's disgusting. 
Wait for it....  He's only been up for 5 seasons.  So, EVERY time.

How, in any way, shape or form was this even considered? 

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 5:43 pm

Pirates claim Wood off waivers

Wood of could of just can`t make contact, he`s an absolute windmill. Heck mark Reynolds looks like a contact hitter by comparison....well maybe that`s exagerated, but Wood stinks. He`s the most overrated prospect from a suspect farm system. If he had such power and talent then why couldn`t mega genius Scocia, Hatcher & staff not teach him anything?  Good luck on that add desperate Pirates...I say set up the all K 3rd base platoon as big fat Pedro Alvarez is a whiff machine as well. Maybe try him as a pitcher next b/c Wood can`t put the bat on the ball at all. 

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 5:30 pm

Pirates claim Wood off waivers

I've has my eyes on Brandon for 5 years now others keep busting on me every time I pick Wood up.  He Had chances with the Angels but getting stuck in the 9 whole when your off to a bad start you panice .If you make an out first ab, so I hope with the Pirates they move Brandon up in the order and give him another chance to get it going . He's worth a pickup if you need the ss or middle infielder he's just another 3rd basemen but at ss he could be a great move but now it's up to Brandon to trun it around don't swing at everthing and croutch a bit and be ready focased and not in a panic mood Mr. Wood it's up to you just do it!!!!!!!!

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:26 pm

Pirates claim Wood off waivers

I think the problem really was 2009, when the Angels brought Wood up from the minors and then Scioscia let him rot on the bench for weeks at a time.  He ended up with only 41 bad MLB at bats that year.  In 2010, it got so that Wood couldn't even hit at AAA.  He needed a change of scenery.  I'm glad to see that he got one.  Hopefully he turns things around in Pittsburgh.

Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: April 22, 2011 4:02 pm

Pirates claim Wood off waivers

Another move that may put the Pirates over the top!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Feb 7, 2010
Posted on: April 22, 2011 3:29 pm

Pirates claim Wood off waivers

I agree with the person that said Wood was given a chance to perform.  Scioscia has done a great job with the team during his tenure and has given him months at a time to succeed.  How long are you going to keep an 0-3 with 2 k's in your lineup before you go in another direction?  He didn't exactly make anyone forget Chone Figgins defensively either.  He may do well with the Pirates but he couldnt even succeed as a #9 hitter on one of the most consistent teams in baseball.  Walk to K rate is among the worst I have ever had to witness...chances are slim that he will blossom.  BUT, he is still an upgrade over Cedeno so good move by the Bucs.

Since: Jun 5, 2009
Posted on: April 22, 2011 3:22 pm

Pirates claim Wood off waivers

I like the move by the Pirates, and I love the idea of putting him at SS. A broomstick would be nearly as effective as Cedeno both in the field and at the plate. This guy is at least young and was a major prospect, so who's to say that he won't contribute, even in a minor role. If he could hit .250 and be an average fielder, he'd be an upgrade over Ronny Cedeno.

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