In my interview with Neal Huntington last week, I asked him whether the Pittsburgh Pirates would be open to trading prospects for major league players. His response was:
We are getting to the point in time where we're going to be a lot more open to trading our prospects. To trade a top notch prospect for a short term fill, probably not. We're not there yet. Are we ever going to be there? That's always going to be a tough one, given the need to build from within. That's the reality of where we are, it's the reality of our existence in the market size, the size of 10-15 other markets in the game. But we are looking forward to…you want to stockpile prospects in your system, you want to stockpile future major league players in your system for two reasons. One, to play for you and to be integ...
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