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    Default Bucs Acquire OF/1B John Bowker an RHP Joe Martinez for Lopez

    SATURDAY, 31 JULY 2010 16:03 WRITTEN BY DEJAN KOVACEVIC
    ST. LOUIS Just before the close of trade-deadline business today, Pirates closer Octavio Dotel was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-handed pitcher James McDonald, and left-handed reliever Javier Lopez to San Francisco for first-baseman outfielder John Bowker and right-hander Joe Martinez.
    The players were just informed in the visitors' clubhouse in Busch Stadium.
    Dotel has been exchanging hugs, handshakes with teammates.
    McDonald, 25, is 0-1 with an 8.22 ERA in just four games, one start, with the Dodgers this season. He is a 6-foot-5, 195-pound pitcher who has been mostly used in relief in parts of three Dodgers seasons, encompassing a 5-6 record, 4.11 ERA in 53 games five of them starts.
    Dotel, 36, making $3.25 million, had 21 saves, a 2-2 record and 4.28 ERA with the Pirates this season.
    Martinez, 27, a 6-2, 195 part-time starter, has an 0-1 record and 4.91 ERA this season and 3-3, 6.80 over the past two seasons.
    Bowker, 27, who is 6-2, 200, had three homers, eight RBIs and a .207 in 41 games with the Giants.
    Joel Hanrahan and Evan Meek are expected to assume the Pirates' closer role, by committee.

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    From Charlie at BD

    "For Joe Martinez. Martinez (stats) is a 27-year-old starting pitcher who looks capable of pitching in the big leagues right now, albeit not particularly well. He's a groundball guy, which is good, because that should stop him from coming up like Daniel McCutchen did and getting rocked. He doesn't throw hard, but other than that, nothing about his game really stands out as a weakness - his strikeout rate isn't high, but it's reasonable; he doesn't allow too many walks; and he keeps homers off the board. Here's a good profile of Martinez. Overall, again, I'd prefer the Pirates tried to acquire prospects here, but Martinez is a very good value for a pretty generic lefty reliever.

    UPDATE: The Pirates also get outfielder John Bowker, according to Dejan Kovacevic. Bowker is 27 and has struggled in the majors, but has posted huge numbers in Class AAA. It's not clear how the Pirates can use him, though."
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    "A Quick Word on Joe Martinez

    by Chris Quick on June 17, 2010

    I’ve said it a few times on this site but, I really like Joe Martinez. When you survey the Giants minor league system and the arms that reside in it, Martinez isn’t likely to be at the top of your list. He doesn’t throw particularly hard and at 27-years-old he’s most likely fully developed as a pitcher — no “he might add a few ticks of velocity as he ages” here. Instead, what Martinez has done since the Giants drafted him the 12th round of the 2005 draft is pitch pretty well. Over 6 seasons in the minor leagues, Joe owns a career FIP of 3.72. He’s shown the ability to throw strikes (1.97 walks per 9) and miss the occasional bat (7.05 K’s per 9) while posting a solid groundball rate (55.2%)......
    He’s not going to strike a bunch of hitters out, but his minor league K/9 numbers suggest he has at least some ability to occasionally miss bats. What he will do, however, is pound the zone with strikes while mostly throwing his 2-seam fastball. The 2-seam fastball that Martinez features does have some nice horizontal movement. The pitch will run in on right-handed batters and away from lefties. I’ve likened Martinez to a poor man’s Aaron Cook before and I still think the comparison is appropriate. Both are pitchers that will live and die by the groundball and Martinez has posted a better K/9 in his minor league career as compared to Cook — 7.05 vs Cook’s 6.1. Martinez is better than Todd Wellemeyer right now and until the Giants feel comfortable promoting Bumgarner, he’s a fine option for the 5th rotation slot...."
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    Pat Lackey on Bowker..

    "...John Bowker, who's 27 and a career .318/.414/.561 hitter in Triple-A and a career .236/.285/.394 hitter in 513 big league PAs. He'd be a good guy to get some big league at-bats (now THIS is a guy I might consider working out a platoon for Milledge with), but I have no idea how he'll get them with the team as currently configured. Huntington might be done making trades today, but he's clearly got more coming in the future."
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    Default Re: Bucs Acquire OF/1B John Bowker an RHP Joe Martinez for Lopez

    It's an interesting deal. Probably about as much as you could expect for Lopez. I actually didn't know that he'd fetch anything. Martinez could maybe crack the Pirates rotation. He has OK stuff and has always put up decent numbers in the minors, but he's always been old for his levels and isn't really impressive in any one category. Bowker has crushed AAA pitching, but struggled in short major league time. He played in the PCL, but Fresno isn't a particularly strong hitters park compared to most of the league. His numbers are way above the average for that team. Likely just a bench player, but he could be useful.

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    Default Re: Bucs Acquire OF/1B John Bowker an RHP Joe Martinez for Lopez

    Bowker hit 342 with 21 HR last year in AAA.

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