Pirates Sign Brian Slocum to Minor League Deal

The Bucs have signed pitcher Brian Slocum to a minor league deal. Slocum, from the Indians organization, has a pretty good minor league performance record and he strikes out a fair number of batters, but he's had some trouble with injuries.

Meanwhile, the Rangers have acquired pitchers Guillermo Moscoso and Carlos Melo from the Tigers for catcher Gerald Laird. Moscoso isn't terribly young, but he quietly had a good year at Classes A+ and AA last year. Melo struck out a ton of batters in the GCL as a 17-year-old. This is a pretty interesting trade for the Rangers. It's interesting for the Pirates, too, in that Moscoso has been mentioned as a possible trade target in a potential Jack Wilson deal. Normally this wouldn't be a big deal, but, like Vlad says in the comments of the previous thread, the Tigers are so thin on prospects that just getting rid of one like this could reduce the chances that a Wilson deal will happen.

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