Transaction Analysis

Pirates sign Terry Mulholland for 2 years, $6 million

I can't believe Mulholland is only 37 years old (or will be at the start of the season).  He's a slightly below-average starter at this point, but the Pirates are always in need of more starters, given their starters' injury troubles.  If by some miracle all the Pirates starters stay healthy, Mulholland can move to the swing role, which he occupied with the Braves at various times.  It's not a great signing - the Pirates have better places to spend their money - but it's not a huge investment.  Mulholland will give them some innings while the Pirates hopefully figure out what's going wrong with their team.

Triple Steal Rating: Single

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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