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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...

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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.

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