The KC Royals on Wednesday afternoon traded first baseman/DH Clint Robinson and pitcher Vin Mazzaro to the Pittsburgh Pirates for two minor leaguers. Both Robinson and Mazzaro were designated for assignment last week when the Royals restructured their 40-man roster.
Robinson never really got a chance with the Royals, despite the fact that he hit at every minor league level. He finally made his Major League debut in 2012 during Interleague Play, but only as a pinch-hitter. Robinson was blocked in the big leagues by both Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler. First base isn’t exactly a position the Pirates are in need of, but hopefully Robinson gets a shot of making the club out of spring training.
Mazzaro really never got a shot after manager Ned Yost left him in to die in 2011(which made headlines on ESPN). He pitched pretty well for Triple-A Omaha in 2012. The Pirates need pitching, so Mazzaro will most likely get a look during spring training.
So what did the Royals get? Two minor league pitchers who are a WAYS away from reaching the big leagues.
Luis Rico will be 19 years old and is a lefty. He has made just 20 appearances as a professional. In those outings, he has a 5.29 ERA. He pitched in the Dominican Summer League and has yet to make his US debut.
Luis Santos is a 21 year old right-hander. He has made just 24 minor league appearances, but has a 2.51 ERA. He was Rico’s teammate in the DSL and also gas yet to make his stateside debut.