Comments on: Pirates Have Expressed Interest in Jon Lester and Jason Vargas http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/07/pirates-have-expressed-interest-in-jon-lester.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 11 Sep 2014 19:29:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: William Maloni http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/07/pirates-have-expressed-interest-in-jon-lester.html#comment-57598 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:31:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=36415#comment-57598 Hmm? There must have been some reason Tampa was watching Bell last night; his name must have come up somewhere.

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By: Sam Henzler http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/07/pirates-have-expressed-interest-in-jon-lester.html#comment-17637 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 01:40:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=36415#comment-17637 Bedard and Correia suck, to put it in the nicest terms. I was thinking, like everybody else, why they wouldn’t bring Owens, Locke, or Wilson up. Today on 93.7 The Fan, they said that the front office is making the moves that best fit the team, so obviously, Bedard and Correia are better off , for now. I say get a rental pitcher now, along with either Upton, Victorino (hoping he could get re-signed), or a rental outfielder, then spend a ton on free agents. Let’s say they get a rental hitter and pitcher at the deadline, neither of them re-sign, we still have options. I doubt that Hamilton, Wright, Melky, McCann, Cano, and Granderson will be options, but maybe Nick Swisher, Michael Bourn, Delmon Young, Carlos Lee, or Mike Napoli could be options. Rod Barajas is a free agent, and I’d like him to come back, but he isn’t a good enough catcher to lead a playoff team, and I don’t think McKenry is yet. The catching market looks strong, so if they miss out on Napoli, I think either Shoppach, Martin, or Ianetta are the best options. I think Barajas will be back though. For a hitter, I can see Napoli in a Pirates jersey, but I think he’s a total bust. I can see Swisher playing here, or Young, or Lee. I think a 2 year, $15.5MM deal could get Swisher. For pitchers, I like Dan Haren, Edwin Jackson, Marcum, Jonathan Sanchez, James Shields, Colby Lewis, or Joe Saunders. I think Marcum, Jackson, and Lewis are the best options here. Let’s say they over pay for Marcum (a guy who really knows the NL Central) 2 years $11MM. Let’s also say they sign a De La Rosa type to a minor league deal. That improves a lot without over paying. The rotation is set (McDonald, Burnett, Karstens, Marcum, and either De La Rosa, Cole, Owens/Locke) and a great line-up, with or without Upton. We could also use a TRUE lead off hitter in LF (Pierre, Pagan, Sizemore)
1.) Pierre/Pagan/Marte/or Sizemore LF
2.) Walker 2B
3.) McCutchen CF
4.) Swisher/Upton RF
5.) McGehee 1B
6.) Alvarez 3B
7.) McKenry/Barajas C
8.) Barmes SS
9.) Pitcher
OR
1.) Walker 2B
2.) Swisher/Upton RF
3.) McCutchen CF
4.) Jones LF
5.) McGehee 1B
6.) Alvarez 3B
7.) McKenry/Barajas C
8.) Barmes SS
9.) Pitcher
With a DH
1.) Pierre/Pagan/Marte/Sizemore LF
2.) Walker 2B
3.) McCutchen CF
4.) Swisher/Upton RF
5.) Jones DH
6.) Alvarez 3B
7.) McGehee 1B
8.) McKenry/Barajas C
9.) Barmes SS

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By: Scott BUCN Klima http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/07/pirates-have-expressed-interest-in-jon-lester.html#comment-17575 Sun, 15 Jul 2012 21:55:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=36415#comment-17575 Vargas makes zero sense. He’s not a serious upgrade over Correia or Bedard. Rather just bring Owens or Locke up for a shot if needed.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/07/pirates-have-expressed-interest-in-jon-lester.html#comment-17573 Sun, 15 Jul 2012 19:43:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=36415#comment-17573 I realize it was kind of in poor taste, but that would be an even poorer business decision if this guy is a ticking time bomb of relapse. However, I feel much more comforted after hearing the Neil Huntington show today…as I don’t see either of Taillon or Cole going anywhere for any reason. Him saying that not signing Appel did very little to affect their position on trading their top pitching prospects was a very encouraging sign.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/07/pirates-have-expressed-interest-in-jon-lester.html#comment-17560 Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:12:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=36415#comment-17560 But wouldn’t it be cool to have Lester AND Burnett pitching vs the Yankees in the World Series?

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By: Kevin_Creagh http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/07/pirates-have-expressed-interest-in-jon-lester.html#comment-17559 Sun, 15 Jul 2012 17:04:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=36415#comment-17559 Ix-nay the ancer-cay cracks next time, please.

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By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/07/pirates-have-expressed-interest-in-jon-lester.html#comment-17554 Sun, 15 Jul 2012 16:50:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=36415#comment-17554 That’s the most outrageous trade idea. Lol. Give us one of the top 2 or 3 pitching prospects in the game that should be ready next year for a guy you’ll have control of for a year and a half. I’d tell them I’d take their cancer patient and give them Alderson and maybe a guy like victor black.

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By: VtTom http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/07/pirates-have-expressed-interest-in-jon-lester.html#comment-17551 Sun, 15 Jul 2012 16:35:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=36415#comment-17551 Cole for Lester? Hey Red Sox, how about the rights to Appel for Lester.

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By: Bucco Inc http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/07/pirates-have-expressed-interest-in-jon-lester.html#comment-17549 Sun, 15 Jul 2012 16:20:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=36415#comment-17549 NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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