Jul 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Vic Black (68) delivers a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the ninth inning at PNC Park. The Pittsburgh Pirates won 9-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Vic Black is the PTBNL in the Mets/Pirates Trade

According to multiple reports, the Mets will be receiving reliever Vic Black from the Pirates as the Player to be Named Later in the Marlon Byrd/John Buck trade.  Black, who profiles as a late inning reliever (he was striking out over 12 per 9 in AAA), features a fastball that touches the high 90’s and a plus slider.

Black, 25, is currently pitching for Pittsburgh’s AAA affiliate (he also had a cup of coffee with the Pirates earlier this summer).  In 46.2 innings pitched this year in AAA, Black has a 2.51 ERA and 1.05 WHIP.  He’s allowed 28 hits, walked 21, and struck out 63.

After the trade was consummated yesterday, Pirates GM Neal Huntington stated that the PTBNL would be an “ouch” prospect – alluding to the pain it caused to have to part with him.

Black was Rule V eligible before this season, and was placed on Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster in order for the team to protect him.

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Black is currently on waivers.  If Black is claimed (which would be nothing more than a “screw you” to the Mets by the claiming team), the deal will have to be consummated after the season.  If Black passes through waivers unclaimed, the deal can be completed immediately.


Dealing Marlon Byrd and John Buck for only Dilson Herrera would have been a great move for the Mets.  The fact that they got Black as well makes this deal tremendous.

For what amounts to five weeks of Marlon Byrd (remember that Buck was a bit player for the Mets before being dealt), the Mets received a 19 year old second base prospect who profiles as an above average regular, and a 25 year old reliever who profiles as a late inning guy.

Simply put, Sandy Alderson has done an unbelievably good job when dealing his hottest commodities.  He turned Carlos Beltran into Zack Wheeler, turned R.A. Dickey into Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, and Wuilmer Becerra, and now he’s turned five weeks of Marlon Byrd into Dilson Herrera and Vic Black.


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