I am not going to spend much time talking about Ron Cook’s article in this morning's Post-Gazette, but I did want to make one point.
[Neal Huntington’s] trades have been mostly failures… At least to this point, they range from bad to awful.
Bad as those deals were, sending Jack Wilson and $3.3 million to Seattle to get Jeff Clement as the key acquisition was worse. Clement was given the first-base job in the spring and hit .189 before being sent, finally, to the minors Wednesday. Then, there was the Aki Iwamura fiasco. Huntington traded to get him in the offseason when the Tampa Bay Rays were ready to release him and took on his $4.85 million salary, which is highest on the Pirates. Iwamura is hitting .177 and has no range in the field because of a bad knee.
Jack Wilson is hitting .253/.275/.347, good for a .266 wOBA. He has been out since May 5th with an injury. When he returns, he will be Josh Wilson’s backup. I repeat…he lost his job to Josh Wilson. As poorly as Ronny Ceden...
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.