First Pitch: Making a Big Splash With Hamels or Greinke?

First Pitch: Making a Big Splash With Hamels or Greinke?

Ken Rosenthal had an article today talking about how the Pittsburgh Pirates should make a bold move this summer and trade for either Zack Greinke or Cole Hamels. Rosenthal noted that the Brewers made a big splash in 2008 when they dealt for C.C. Sabathia, helping them to reach the post season for the first time since 1982. He also suggests that adding an ace could tip the NL Central in the Pirates' favor.

I've been asked what the trade values would be for Hamels and Greinke several times today. I don't like doing trade values unless we hear the Pirates are actually interested in the player. In the past, when I've done an informative trade value article, it has led to "Pirates Prospects says the Pirates are interested in Player A", even when I add the disclaimer in that says otherwise. So I'll add that disclaimer here. The following trade values don't suggest the Pirates are interested in these players. It is simply to provide a look at what the players would cost on the open market.


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