Analysis

The five-year plan: The Neagle trade

The five-year plan: The Neagle trade

I am looking back to 1996, the last time the Pirates attempted an all-or-nothing rebuilding project.  You can find previous installments of this series here.

The Denny Neagle trade was probably the best move made by Cam Bonifay during his dismantling of the 1996 club. Unfortunately, the team fell victim to some bad luck. Neagle was 28, a year and a half from free agency, and was finishing up his third consecutive solid season anchoring the Pirates’ rotation. He was at his highest value, and it was tough to imagine what he might bring back in a trade. Neagle was very good with the Braves for two years after the trade, but was mostly ineffective for the remainder of his career.

Jason Schmidt highlighted the package coming to Pittsburgh. Schmidt, a 23-year-old hard-throwing right-hand...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a 40% discount on the 2017 Prospect Guide. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

Matt has covered the Pirates at Wait ‘Til Next Year, Pittsburgh Lumber Co. and now Pirates Prospects. He served as Pirates team expert for Heater Magazine in 2009 and 2010 and has contributed to Graphical Player 2009, 2010 and 2011. Matt was also the editor of the 2011 and 2012 Pirates Prospects Annuals.

More in Analysis

Bob Nutting Discusses Kang, McCutchen, 2016 Struggles, 2017 Expectations, and More

Tim WilliamsFebruary 21, 2017

Nutting: “We need to have a commitment never to back away on the amateur draft again”

Tim WilliamsFebruary 20, 2017

Pirates Notebook: The Makeup of the Bench, Health of the Catchers, Early Camp Notes

Tim WilliamsFebruary 19, 2017

Alen Hanson’s First and Last Shot With the Pirates

Tim WilliamsFebruary 18, 2017

The Pirates Finally Made the Right Call For Their Outfield Alignment

Tim WilliamsFebruary 17, 2017

Tyler Glasnow Has a New Changeup: “The Scott Mitchell Special”

Tim WilliamsFebruary 16, 2017

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2016 Pirates Prospects