Comments on: First Pitch: Would You Rather Have Polanco/Hanson or Chase Headley? Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:45:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: pirate fan Tue, 12 Feb 2013 02:04:59 +0000 I would trade Polanco and Tabata. Take it or leave it. I don’t think a player, no matter how good they are should require 2 top prospects for just 2 years. Headley had a breakout season in 2013 but he wasn’t that great before.

By: Ron Loreski Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:26:40 +0000 Another reason to want to hold onto Hansen is there aren’t even any above average shortstops on the open market next year. Clint Barmes’s contract is up after this year, and here’s a list of free agent shortstops for next year.

Stephen Drew (31)
Derek Jeter (40)
Clint Barmes (35)
Ronny Cedeno (31)
Willie Bloomquist (36)
Jhonny Peralta (32)
Yunell Escobar (31)
Rafeal Furcal (36)
Alex Gonzalez (36)
Brendan Ryan (32)
Alexi Casilla (29)
Cesar Izturis (34)

There’s a pretty good chance one of those guys will be a Pirate next year, but none of them are long-term answers. And unless Jordy Mercer or Chase d’Arnaud emerge as a starter, Hansen gives you the best fit at the position.

Unless of course Headley can play SS.

By: Ron Loreski Mon, 11 Feb 2013 17:18:33 +0000 Don’t forget Brian Bixler was supposed to be the next big thing too. We didn’t know how good we had it with Jack Wilson.

By: NastyNate82 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 00:19:52 +0000 I was wondering when people bring up the Royals and their pitching prospects. Were they thought of as highly as Cole and Taillon?

By: NastyNate82 Sun, 10 Feb 2013 23:57:26 +0000 False. As Pgh. fan stated before, Headley provided good value on both sides. Its only last year that he approached notable status and thats because of the power stroke. He plays in a really tough ballpark, that shouldn’t be ignored.
Jones loses a lot of value with his glove, and the fact that he runs the bases like he’s drunk.

By: NastyNate82 Sun, 10 Feb 2013 23:54:53 +0000 Debatable on it being burdensome. He’s learning a new position, and even though its “easier” than 3B, I don’t think that learning a new position is anything to dismiss pretty easily.
Headley is a very good player, and was so even before his breakout year. As Tim said in his article though, I just don’t think the timing is right for that type of deal.

By: NastyNate82 Sun, 10 Feb 2013 23:52:42 +0000 Headley hit more than Pedro in a tougher environment. He’s also a much better fielder. Homers aren’t everything and even then, you don’t have that in your favor on this argument.

By: whiteAngus Sun, 10 Feb 2013 22:53:47 +0000 no, they’re not. but they sure are rude as shit, aint they?

By: whiteAngus Sun, 10 Feb 2013 22:52:14 +0000 spot on, guv’nah!

By: whiteAngus Sun, 10 Feb 2013 22:50:38 +0000 all things considered, Headley hasnt reached Fielder’s status as of yet. Another season like 2012 and Headley will be extremely hard to lock up.
remember when no one thought the Pirates would sign Cutch long term?