Comments on: Pirates Relief Pitching Prospects Drawing Interest? Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 17 Jan 2015 10:42:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Andy Zibuck Wed, 15 May 2013 21:09:08 +0000 I would guess it’s something like

Barmes OR Jones OR Pedro
Black OR Welker

We’d be dealing Barmes because the FO just got comfortable with the idea of Mercer at SS full time.
We’d be dealing Jones because his value is pretty high right now, but his price will be going up, and they are comfortable with the replacement options.
We’d be dealing Pedro because… well, maybe they’ve soured on his long term chances? I don’t know.

So I’m saying some teams are interested in one of our MLB players and the main terms have been agreed upon. To finish the deal, NH has said you can take your pick between Black or Welker, not both.

This is total Conspiracy Theory. Just ignore me. … But it could be true.

By: Ecbucs Wed, 15 May 2013 17:02:00 +0000 Scouts may be looking at relievers at Indy but might be looking at other prospects at lower levels in the organization.

I wouldn’t mind if the Bucs tried to trade to get a compensation pick but wouldn’t trade Welker or Black for one.

Will be interesting to follow this and see if something happens (or at least more rumors).

By: Nick A. Capernicus Wed, 15 May 2013 13:20:25 +0000 Yeah but they’re are good pieces to build around. Black is a top 20 prospect.

By: NorCal Buc Wed, 15 May 2013 12:04:33 +0000 Yeah, ya got one? Third base seems the likely possibility for a major upgrade. Other positions are stable, for this year and next.

This F/O hs successfully found “rebound players” such as Russell Martin, Gaby Sanchez, Brandon Inge and to a degree Travis Snider.They compliment the core of Walker, McCutchen, Marte and Tabata (still part of the core).

So, who do we offer for Chase Headley? What are the terms of his contract? He must be nearing F/A. If the contract is favorable, then we could offer a VERY nice package of guys.

For a front line starter (Wandy), we gave up a mid-level prospect (Grossman) and a potential back end starter (Owens) and a lower level pitcher. What eould this F/O offer.

For other trades, is the Hunter Pense trade a fair comparison? Or the Jason Upton trade?

By: Kenny Moore Wed, 15 May 2013 05:22:18 +0000 Like who? BLACK and “the DUKE” are our best option for the closer position in the future. NH loves power arms and I don’t see him moving either one unless he get’s blown away. Both players have to much upside and if you keep both, it increases our chances of having a very young, cheap and talented closer that you could control for a good amount of time.

By: Kenny Moore Wed, 15 May 2013 05:18:06 +0000 I don’t think so. If what you are saying is true why would the team trade a very high comp pick last year to the Marlins for SANCHEZ. NH is looking for a RH power bat and that is not likely going to happen with a comp pick.

By: rburgh Wed, 15 May 2013 04:21:47 +0000 Anyone up for a good Chase Headley rumor?

By: steve19981 Wed, 15 May 2013 04:18:17 +0000 This doesn’t make a ton of sense. Neither of these guys individually is going to net much of a return in terms of established players.

There are only two trade scenarios that make sense for me. 1) The Pirates are trying to deal back into the compensation round. If I could trade Welker or Black (not both) for a sandwich pick, I would conisder it. 2) The Pirates are looking for a prospect for prospect deal where they trade a ML ready reliever for an A ball prospect.

By: rburgh Wed, 15 May 2013 03:33:42 +0000 One of those two guys might be the key to getting an upgrade somewhere, such as 3B. And the last thing we need is another RH bat with Martin/Fort, all our Middle IF except Walker, Marte, and Cutch all swinging from the right side.

I have no problem dealing one of them, both would be crazy. We have other RP prospects in the pipeline, and there are always castoffs available too.

By: whiteAngus Wed, 15 May 2013 02:29:40 +0000 Not sure the Bucs would receive impact back for Welker or Black unless we throw in some bigger bait.