A few weeks ago I was talking with one of my fantasy baseball buds about a trade idea that seemed like it had no chance of taking place. He mentioned that he was listening to MLB on XM, and they were discussing how Justin Upton could be dealt, and how he'd be a good fit for the Pittsburgh Pirates. So when the rumors came out yesterday that the Pirates were interested in Upton, I already had been thinking about the subject for a few weeks.
First of all, the Pirates getting Justin Upton in the short-term would be huge. There's no denying that. Prior to the season, Keith Law named Andrew McCutchen the second best player under the age of 25. Number one was Upton. The rankings may have changed with guys like Bryce Harper and Mike Trout moving up, or possibly Upton moving down, but the overall impact would be the same. Having two of the top young players in the game on the same team would be huge. And they'd be on the same team through the 2015 season.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.