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Pirates Should Be Shopping Paul Maholm

Pirates Should Be Shopping Paul Maholm

Yesterday, before a lot of the trades started coming through, I took a look at how the market was shaping up, noting that it was looking like a seller's market.  That opinion didn't change yesterday, especially with starting pitchers.

Ubaldo Jimenez was traded from the Colorado Rockies to the Cleveland Indians.  Jimenez had a big year last year, but has struggled a bit this year, including a drop in velocity which is always a concern for pitchers.  Regardless, Cleveland sent Drew Pomeranz and Alex White, their first round picks from each of the last two years, along with two other prospects.  Prior to the season, White (47) and Pomeranz (61) both rated in Baseball America's top 100 prospects.  Pomeranz jumped so high during the season that he finished 14th overall in the mid-season rankings by Baseball America.  Putting this in perspective, value-wise, that's Jameson Taillon and Luis Heredia, plus two other prospects, in exchange for two years and two months of Jimenez, who has some...

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