Pirates trade Wilson, Snell to Seattle; Sanchez next to go?
Via Dejan. Jeff Clement, Ronny Cedeno, Aaron Pribanic, Brett Lorin and Nathan Adcock coming back, with Cedeno joining the Pirates immediately. I am at work now; hope to have more reaction to the deal later tonight.
UPDATE (5:35 PM): This is a very nice haul for the Pirates. Cedeno is just a temporary middle infield replacement. He is unlikely to be a very valuable piece for the Pirates, and was probably just a throw-in on this deal. Clement, on the other hand, has a legitimate bat that would be very valuable if he can stick behind the plate. That bat is less impressive if he is forced to move to first. Clement could prove to be a cheaper, younger clone of Ryan Doumit, allowing the Pirates to deal Doumit for more talent. The three minor league pitchers are all decent prospects, further improving the pitching depth in the lower levels of the system. This is an excellent return for two months (plus an option) of an aging, average shortstop and a live arm with makeup concerns. I never expected the Pirates to get so much in return for these two players.
Keep an eye on the PBC Blog (if it doesn’t explode) and the Twitter feed for the rest of the evening. It looks like we could be close to a Freddy Sanchez trade to the Giants, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see other deals go down before the end of the day.