Comments on: Should Tony Watson Be Protected? http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/09/should-tony-watson-be-protected.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:57:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 By: David S http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/09/should-tony-watson-be-protected.html#comment-1599 Sun, 26 Sep 2010 00:01:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=4226#comment-1599 “Watson doesn’t strike me as a guy like Owens or Locke, who can be 2-4 starters easily”

LOL we will be fortunate if these guys have MLB careers, let alone pitch like decent starting rotation caliber pitchers. This guy must think Jamison Tallison is the next CY Young based on these projections

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/09/should-tony-watson-be-protected.html#comment-1585 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 19:09:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=4226#comment-1585 I have been proposing on this site, my personal blog site, other forums, and to my butcher that the Pirates need to package up some of our minor league depth to acquire major league players.

You know, the reverse of what the Pirates have been doing for some time now.

There are many teams out there in MLB that are financially struggling and/or facing some roster issues this offseason. The Pirates have close to major league ready pieces (Owens, Locke, etc.) that teams always crave and a bunch of guys who all do the same thing (Diaz, Ciriaco, Friday, etc.) fighting for spots.

If we trade some of our depth, free up 40 man space, and improve the Major League team…well, that’s what a farm system is for. There will still be plenty of pieces that can help the Pirates in 2011, especially on the pitching side of things.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/09/should-tony-watson-be-protected.html#comment-1584 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 14:13:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=4226#comment-1584 Frankly,

I think that there is a lot of deadwood on the 40 man roster that can be shed without much concern. Guys like Gallagher, Jackson, LeDezma, McCutcheon etc. have shown that they are Triple-A filler at best. As the system gets better those guys get replaced by Crotta, Hughes, Watson, Dubee, and McPherson. Frankly none of those five guys have potential to be above average starters. They all have the potential to be better than the collection of stiffs which fills our bullpen every September and anyone of them could be a league average pitcher. Those five gusy should be protected and filling the back end of the Triple-A staff and bullpen.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/09/should-tony-watson-be-protected.html#comment-1582 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 13:28:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=4226#comment-1582 I’ve read more than one article that predicts Owens to be the next Zach Duke. If that is the case, then we should sell high on Owens and acquire the big league bat or starting pitcher you suggested. It’s the out-of-the-box thinking that teams like the Pirates and Rays have to use to be successful.

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/09/should-tony-watson-be-protected.html#comment-1581 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 12:31:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=4226#comment-1581 I see about 7-9 names on this year’s list, that I would like to see them protect. It won’t be too hard either, because I can think of about 15 names to get rid of from the 40-man.

But, as DBell’sStrap said, I also wouldn’t mind trading a few of the bigger names (Owens, Marte, Adcock) for a big-league bat, or starting pitcher (as long as it’s a smart trade).

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By: Anonymous http://www.piratesprospects.com/2010/09/should-tony-watson-be-protected.html#comment-1580 Mon, 20 Sep 2010 11:19:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=4226#comment-1580 One way the Pirates can relieve themselves of this roster crunch is to trade some of these minor leaguers, especially for major league ready talent. I would have no problem with the Bucs trading a Watson or a Moskos in a package to lands a starting pitcher. Any thoughts?

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