Jayson Stark: Pirates Asking About A Lot of Hitters

Jayson Stark has a lot of trade discussions this morning, including a few mentions of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stark mentions that “if there’s a hitter who might have even a remote short of getting traded, the Pirates have asked about him”. That shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who has seen the numerous names linked to the Pirates on the trade market.

Stark mentions that the Pirates took a run at Billy Butler from Kansas City. He mentioned that the Pirates are still in a “buy-low” frame of mind, and that the Royals have told clubs they’d have to be blown away to deal Butler. The first baseman is under team control through 2015, making $8 M a year the next two years, with a $12.5 M option in 2015. He would likely require one top prospect, plus a Grade B prospect.

Stark also talked about the potential for the Philadelphia Phillies to go in to sell mode. He says that if this happens, they might listen to Hunter Pence, looking for a major haul. He also says that the Pirates are one club who could make a run at Pence. That seems more like speculation, just due to the fact that the Pirates are going after everyone. Pence is making $10.4 M this year, and is eligible for arbitration one more time next year, before hitting free agency. His value would command one top prospect in return, although his name value could add to that potential return.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/alex.henry.3597 Alex Henry

    That would be a mistake we saw how poor defensively when we played the royals great hitter but he’s a A.L. ball player. Just a DH and nothing more

    • whiteAngus

      more reps at first and he could at least be better than Jones, who isnt a good 1Bman himself.

  • PiratesFan

    I’ve always loved Billy Butler as a hitter, but he can’t field at all. He’s not a good fit for the NL.

    • whiteAngus

      yeah, like Jones is a good 1Bman. Butler can flat out rake and is at least better than Adam Dunn at first. He’s exactly the kind of hitter this team needs long term. plus i seriously doubt mcgehee and jones are with the pirates in 2013.

      • PiratesFan

        He’s better than Butler.

  • Greatone1210

    I’d still take Billy Butler, plain and simple. Of course it depends on what the asking price is. But Pence could be an intriguing pickup. I really don’t know though. We need a lead-off guy or someone with a decent OBP. Power is nice and would love to have an extra home run hitter but getting guys on at the top of the order needs to be a priority.

  • http://www.facebook.com/xaviersch Brian Schwartz

    Pence won’t be traded. The Phillies will already need to get two outfielders this offseason. It would be absurd to make it three.

  • http://twitter.com/jlease717 John Lease

    Butler could only be a pinch hitter, at best. Not worth it.