Pirates Need Another Bat, No Doubt About It
Two weeks are left until the trade deadline, and the rumors are heating up. Tim Dierkes revisits the stories surrounding Snell, Gorzelanny and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, and Dejan Kovacevic talks about the availability of Salomon Torres, Shawn Chacon and Damaso Marte. Jack Wilson’s name pops up as well.
While I don’t think that the Pirates will be acquiring the pieces necessary to make a run in 2007, Dave Littlefield certainly needs to find a bat to add to our current core. I can’t keep watching this abysmal offense. Something needs to be done. You know it, I know it, and even Littlefield must know it.
Eight of the Pirates’ regulars—defined by having 100 at-bats or more—possess batting averages lower than .260. Only Xavier Nady, Freddy Sanchez and Ryan Doumit are playing like legitimate major leaguers—and going forward, you’d have to believe that they’ll come down to earth a bit.
Blame Jeff Manto all you want, but the lion’s share of the problem is mediocre talent. The offense will improve as Bay, LaRoche, et al. climb out of extended slumps. But even if those guys turn it around, we’re still a thumper or two short from a threatening lineup.
It’s so frustrating to know that as soon as your opponent scores three runs, the game’s over. What’s worse is that Don Kelly is the most effective player you can call up from the minors when you need an injury replacement. There’s no hope for the immediate future, and the farm system isn’t developed enough to believe that anything will change in the next few years.
I’m back to believing the only way the Pirates will get better is by getting worse. Trade Brian Giles for Jason Bay and Oliver Perez and take another shot in 2010.