The Pirates can afford to give up money, but they can't afford to give up top prospects like Taillon.
You could easily make the case that Pittsburgh Pirates fans are obsessed with money. Maybe not when it comes to their personal lives, but definitely when it comes to talking about moves the Pirates make. Discussion of every move, whether it's actual moves, or potential moves, comes down to money. A big reason for this is because the Pirates are a small market team. They can't afford to spend like the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox, or even the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals. That's not saying they can't spend at all, but a lot of their spending has to be very calculated.
When it comes to the trade deadline this year, adding payroll isn't as big of a deal for the Pirates as it is for other teams. A look at the 40-man roster shows that the Pirates will have a projected year-end payroll of $46.4 M. Even if they take on a big salary, such as a Carlos Pe...
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