If you didn't think the Pirates were doing everything they could to find more offense, you should now be officially disabused of that notion.
Eric Fryer was promoted to AAA from Altoona less than a month ago, and now, after posting a line of .262/.377/.446, he'll be in uniform for tonight's game with the Red Sox. A long slow trip it hasn't been.
Fryer was acquired from the Yankees in the Eric Hinske deal in June 2009. I asked Clint Hurdle specifically about Fryer in a phone conversation on Tuesday and wondered if his bat would make up for his lack of defense skills, which are largely do to inexperience since he hasn't ever caught every day. Hurdle said they were looking at all options. Yesterday when I asked him about a righthanded bat and mentioned Matt Hague, Hurdle responded, "The other day you brought up Fryer..." I didn't realize I was getting a big hint.
Hurdle has said that no other team is willing to "play catch" with us at the moment and what they are asking for in trades would make Pirates fans jump off the bridges. He added that he and the FO are seriously reevaluating the roster over the next few weeks.
If you are a Pirates fan I don't know how you can't be almost euphoric that yes, production and performance are going to be the markers by which everyone is judged. Maybe some of these guys are here a little too soon, but they may be the best the organization has at the moment.
Kudos to NH, Clint and the rest of the organization for not standing pat, particularly given the recent success.