I was going to wait until tomorrow for this, but I'll jump in with my thoughts now.
I'm sure you've seen this morning's Post-Gazette in which Dejan Kovacevic reports that the Pirates have inquired about Jarrod Saltalamacchia, a big-time catching prospect for the Atlanta Braves.
I fired off a quick e-mail:
You wrote today that the Pirates had inquired about the availability of Jarrod Saltalamacchia---and I know that in the past you've talked about how you won't report on a rumor unless you've verified it has legs, so now I'm curious.
If Dave Littlefield did indeed contact the Braves, he must think that the Pirates have the pieces necessary to acquire Saltalamacchia, a franchise catcher with a hefty price tag.
Moving Duke or Maholm to Atlanta might be the start of a package, but it wouldn't even get close to a deal, you'd imagine. I doubt that Littlefield would consider moving Snell or Gorzelanny given what they've achieved to date.
Could the Pirates be considering parting with an...
Randy is currently living and thriving in suburban Dayton, OH with his wife and two kids. He was raised in Cincinnati, OH and attended Anderson High School. He went to Miami University (Ohio) and received a degree in Paper Science Engineering from MU. He is a devout Christian and a pop culture buff. He coaches his son’s baseball and basketball teams and his daughters softball and basketball teams. Randy has been a Pirates fan since the late 1970s and has fond memories of the 1979 World Series team. He began blogging for Most Valuable Network in 5/2004 after stumbling across a help-wanted sign for a Pirates blogger. He wrote for Pittsburgh Lumber Co. until the site merged with Pirates Prospects in 2/2011.