Analysis

The unstoppable, inaccurate narrative surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates

The unstoppable, inaccurate narrative surrounding the Pittsburgh Pirates

One of the most common misconceptions about the Pittsburgh Pirates is that they have an extensive history of developing good baseball players and then trading them once they reach their prime and become expensive. I have written about this myth in the past, but I figured now would be a good time to revisit the topic. With the season about to begin and Andrew McCutchen signing a long-term contract extension, many articles have recently wondered if the Pirates’ history of trading their stars has finally ended. In reality, this situation has happened very rarely over the last two decades.

The following is a list of every player since 1993 that had at least one 3-WAR season (per Baseball-Reference) with the Pirates and then went on to post at least one 3-WAR season with another team. As a re...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a FREE copy of the 2016 Prospect Guide. We also have a promotion with DraftKings where you can get a FREE one-year subscription to the site by signing up as a new DraftKings customer and making a $5 minimum deposit.  Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

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.

More in Analysis

Josh Bell Dean Treanor Gary Green TW 52016 2

Josh Bell Showing Improved Defense at First Base, Improved Hitting Against Lefties

Tim WilliamsMay 25, 2016
Cole Tucker Throwing 3516

Cole Tucker Showing Positive Signs in His Return to West Virginia

Abigail MiskowiecMay 25, 2016
Tyler Glasnow TW 51716 2

Tyler Glasnow Needs a Changeup Before He Can Help the Pirates

Tim WilliamsMay 24, 2016
Josh Bell TW 51716 2

Top Performers: Glasnow, Taillon, Kuhl, Bell, Frazier, Moroff, Newman, Ramirez, Tucker

Tim WilliamsMay 23, 2016
Casey Hughston Strikeout TW

Why the Pirates Demoted Two of Their 2015 Draft Picks This Weekend

Tim WilliamsMay 23, 2016
Jameson Taillon, Chad Kuhl Tyler Glasnow TW 51716

Neal Huntington Discusses Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon, and Chad Kuhl

Tim WilliamsMay 22, 2016

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2015 Pirates Prospects