The Mysterious PTBNL in the Ike Davis Deal

As most, if not all of you know, Ike Davis was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on the evening of April 19th. Some of you may also know that the Mets acquired soon to be 26-year old Zach Thornton; a somewhat underwhelming reliever in the Pirates system. Now, what I am certain that none of us know is the name of the second player involved in the deal; the mysteriously player-to-be...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Evaluating Davis/Thornton trade

The Pirates absolutely needed the bat and the game of Ike Davis. By trading one of their best minor league relief prospects the Pirates gave up a potential asset for a definite asset. This should make the Pirates a huge winner in this, but the trade balances out quite nicely. Anyone that has been paying attention to at all has seen that the Mets are perceiving...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Why trading for Ike Davis is a great move for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded pitching prospect Zack Thornton and a player to be named later to the New York Mets in exchange for first baseman Ike Davis. The Pirates’ current starting first basemen are Travis Ishikawa and Gaby Sanchez. Ishikawa starts once or twice every few days when the Pirates are facing a right-handed starting pitcher, but every time the Pirates...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets rumors: Significant player in the Ike Davis trade may be named Saturday

Sandy Alderson, New York Mets General Manager, may have looked a little silly on Friday when he traded Ike Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Zach Thornton and a player to be named later. The trade seemed lob sided and typically, the more significant player is announced first when a trade happens but this one seems to be a little different. According to Jon Heyman, CBS Baseball...
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April 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking: Ike Davis traded to Pittsburgh Pirates

After 18 months of teasing, the New York Mets have finally broken up with  Ike Davis, sending him to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league reliever Zach Thornton and a player to be named later.  According to CBS’s Jon Heyman, the PTBNL is “significant”, so there’s that. Right now, this trade looks like nothing to celebrate but not necessarily a loss.  The biggest part...
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates lose Wei-Chung Wang to the Brewers in a confusing Rule 5 draft

The Rule 5 draft was this morning and in one of the more surprising and weird Rule 5 picks in a while, they lost left-handed pitcher Wei-Chung Wang to the Brewers. This whole thing is just bizarre, so let's start with the basics: Wang will be 22 in April, he's from Taiwan, and he's pitched a grand total of 47 1/3 innings of professional baseball on American soil, with...
December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor Moves: Jason Townsend Activated From DL, Cesar Lopez to Bradenton

Jason Townsend has been activated from the Altoona DL. Here are the latest minor league transactions. **Altoona has placed Jeff Inman and Justin Howard on the disabled list. Jason Townsend has been activated from the disabled list and Zach Thornton has been promoted from Bradenton. **Bradenton added Cesar Lopez from extended Spring Training to replace Thornton. They also recently...
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May 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Former Pirates Draft Pick Leads Brewers Affiliate in One Hitter Over Marauders

Eliecer Navarro gave up one run in six innings, striking out nine, but was out-dueled by Drew Gagnon. The struggles against the Milwaukee Brewers aren’t just for the major league level. On Wednesday the Bradenton Marauders, the high-A affiliate for the Pirates, went up against the Brevard County Manatees, the high-A affiliate for the Milwaukee Brewers. The Manatees had Drew Gagnon...
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May 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Marauders Win Fourth in a Row Thanks to Big Nights From Osuna, Kingham

Nick Kingham gave up two runs in five innings, while striking out six. The Bradenton Marauders didn’t get their fourth walk-off win in a row, but they did get their fourth win in a row. It wasn’t as dramatic as the last few games, with Bradenton taking an early lead and holding that lead through the end of the game. Nick Kingham got off to a rough start in the first inning, giving...
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April 22, 2013  |  Discuss

A's, Resop avoid arbitration

Right-hander Chris Resop and the Oakland A's agreed to a one-year, $1.35 million deal, avoiding arbitration. Resop was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates in November in exchange for minor league right-hander Zach Thornton. He could be a key member of Oakland's bullpen, particularly with right-hander Jim Miller recently claimed off waivers by the Yankees. Resop, 30,...
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January 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Right-hander Resop reaches one-year deal with A's

Right-hander Chris Resop has agreed to a $1.35 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics. The team announced the deal Thursday. Resop joined the AL West champion A's in a Nov. 30 trade with Pittsburgh, sending minor league right-hander Zach Thornton to the Pirates. Resop went 1-4 with one save and a 3.91 ERA in 61 relief appearances with Pittsburgh last year. He...
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January 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Bucs swing two trades

The Pirates acquired minor league right-handed pitcher Zach Thornton from the Oakland Athletics organization in exchange for right-handed pitcher Chris Resop. They also got minor league right-handed pitcher Jhondaniel Medina from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for infielder Yamaico Navarro.
December 02, 2012  |  Discuss

Pirates Give Resop To Billy Beane

In another cost cutting move the Pirates traded reliever Chris Resop to the Oakland Athletics for 24 year old, A-ball reliever Zach Thornton.  Thornton was drafted out of college by the A’s and has spent three years in the minors, making it to AA last year for the first time where he pitched 3.0 innings [...]
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Zach Thornton

ZACH THORNTON RIGHT HANDED PITCHER Born: May 19, 1988 Height: 6’3″ Weight: 213 Bats: Right Throws: Right Drafted: 23rd round, 695th overall, 2010 (Athletics) How Acquired: Trade from Athletics (for Chris Resop) College: University of Oregon (Eugene) Agent: N/A WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES Thornton was considered one of the top pitching prospects in...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

A's get RHP Resop from Pirates for RHP Thornton

The Oakland Athletics have acquired right-hander Chris Resop from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league right-hander Zach Thornton. The A's also announced Friday that they will not offer a contract to outfielder Jermaine Mitchell. A move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Resop will be announced later. Resop was 1-4 with one save and a 3.91 ERA in 61 relief appearances...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss
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