Arrrr! Resto a Pirate Be!
The AP reports that Michael Restovich has been traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a player to be named later.
Upon the occasion, filling in some answers in his stead for this quiz, I think it may be germane to alternatively refer to Resto by his new Pirate Name, which is...
Bloody William Bonney.
"Every pirate lives for something different. For some, it's the open sea. For others (the masochists), it's the food. For you, it's definitely the fighting. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!"
Yeah, a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, innit, Bloody Will?
When I scoped out prospective landings for Resto in late March, I didn't consider Pittsburgh because they had Jason Bay, Matt Lawton, and Craig Wilson available for regular duty at the outfield corners, plus Daryle Ward and Rob Mackowiak onhand to sub in as needed. Apparently a spot opened up, though, since Wilson injured his finger last weekend and will be on the DL recovering from surgery for the next two months.
Right now, Ward is the regular 1st baseman and Mackowiak is acting mostly as a backup infielder. Bay is a righty bat who has been splitting time between LF and CF; Tike Redman is the alternate CF, a speedy lefty who can't hit worth spit (current line: .129/.191/.258). Former Twin Matt Lawton is the regular RF, who bats lefty. Assuming that Ray Sadler (called up from AA last weekend) is returned to the minors, that would leave Resto as the 4th OF for the next couple months. Facing lefty pitching, it should be very easy for Manager Lloyd McClendon to fit Resto into the lineup by sliding Bay into CF or giving Lawton the day off. If he ever resolves to nail Tike Redman to the bench, he could even play Resto nearly every day.
PNC Park, the home of the Pirates, can be tough on righty hitters, but otherwise it looks like this could (finally?) be a good opportunity for Resto: he might have the novel experience of getting to play without anyone angling to take his job tomorrow or in two weeks. He performed well in his audition with the Rockies. If he keeps it up over the next couple months, by the time Craig Wilson returns, perhaps he'll find a home port in Pittsburgh to keep Bloody Will Bonney ashore awhile.