Pirates Trade for Minor League Catcher Taylor Davis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded minor league outfielder Jose Berroa to the Baltimore Orioles for veteran catcher Taylor Davis, who has been assigned to Indianapolis.

Davis has played parts of three seasons in the majors, getting into 20 games for the 2017-19 Chicago Cubs. He was in Triple-A at the time of the deal, hitting .289/.372/.368 in 12 games. He has a .746 OPS in ten minor league seasons.

Berroa signed a six-figure deal in 2018 at 16 years old with the Pirates and so far has only played one season, hitting .254/.360/.317 during the 2019 DSL season. Outfield is obviously a position of strength at the lower levels and the Pirates loaded up on outfielders during the last two international signing periods. That makes a player like Berroa expendable, though it’s a nice lottery ticket attempt for the Orioles, who are in last place and they’re not giving up anything of value in the deal.