15h03: The Pirates have designated the outfielder Grégory Polanco for assignment. According to the official team press release, the infielder Cole Tucker “Should be called up from Triple-A to take Polanco’s place on the active roster.
The move comes less than a week after Polanco was put on waivers, although he remained in the organization after no other team claimed him. Today’s outing officially breaks Polanco’s ties with the Bucs, and the team will remain hooked on the roughly $ 5.28 million still owed to Polanco – his salary remaining in 2021 and the $ 3 million buyout from Polanco. his $ 12.5 million club option for 2022.
« Gregory has been a true professional throughout his Pirates career, including our conversation with him regarding today’s workforce change.“Said Pirates General Manager Ben Cherington. ” He was a great teammate who always performed in style and was very proud to represent the Pirates and the City of Pittsburgh. We only wish him success moving forward. »
After rising through the minor league ranks as one of baseball’s best prospects, Polanco had a few saves and starts in his effort to establish himself as a productive Major League regular, although that didn’t stop the Bucs to lock him up for five years. , $ 35 million contract extension in April 2016. Strong seasons in 2016 and 2018 (the latter a 23 home run, .839 OPS on 535 plate appearances) seemed to indicate that the Pirates had made a wise investment, but shoulder surgery in September 2018 ended up essentially derailing Polanco’s career.
Recurring shoulder issues have limited him to just 42 games in 2019. In 723 AP since the start of the 2019 season, Polanco has only reached .203 / .270 / .364 with 24 home runs. Between that drop and the increase in annual wages over the last few years of the extension, Polanco became something of an untradeable albatross as the Pirates entered another phase of rebuilding.
Although Polanco is an eight-season MLB veteran, he still isn’t 30 until September. It goes without saying that another team will take a leaflet on Polanco to see if a change of scenery could put their career back on track, since this new team owes Polanco only the pro-rata part of the minimum wage (the Pirates would pay the minimum wage). remainder of money owed).