Yesterday, Rob Biertempfel reported that Arizona and San Diego had some degree of interest in Brad Lincoln for deals for Justin Upton and Carlos Quentin. Lincoln has been putting up strong numbers this year, mostly out of the bullpen, although he's also shown the ability to start, if needed. He's got five years of control remaining after this season, and will likely be Super Two eligible in 2014, as he will finish the 2012 season with one year and 138 days of service time.
Lincoln could be a valuable trade asset for the Pirates. He's under control for a long period of time, and is low cost for the first few years. This year he's shown the stuff to potentially be a closer, but he's also shown the capability to be a back of the rotation starter, or more if he ever learns consistency with his changeup.
To get an idea of what Lincoln would be worth, let's take a look at his trade value.
Brad Lincoln Trade Value
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