Comments on: Jim Callis Releases His Updated Top 10 Pirates Prospects Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 19:32:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: BostonsCommon Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:19:20 +0000 IF… the pirates were to acquire Rios, they would be on the hook for about $6M this season, $12.5 next year, plus a $14M team option in 2015 (or more likely the $1M buyout).

According to Tim’s Future Payroll page, the Pirates have $25.25M already on the books for guys like Martin, Tabata, Cutch, Liriano, Grili, ect. It seem’s like they could afford the contract if they wanted him, especially because the big money ($10M) doesn’t kick in for Cutch until Rios’ option year.

That said, they’re going to have to spend some money next year on a staff that currently looks like:


By: BostonsCommon Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:56:06 +0000 Also, Rios spent 2006-2008 as a member of the Blue Jays and as a teammate of AJ Burnett.

I certainly don’t know what their relationship was like, but R. Martin certainly saw reuniting with AJ as a positive.

I just worry about guys coming in that don’t fit. I think Derek Lee fit in the clubhouse much better than Ludwig, and performed better because of it.

Is Rios going to pout about leaving Chicago, moving to a tahn like Pittsburgh for 2 years, and have it bring down his performance on the field? Or is he the kind of guy that will join a contender, take a back seat to Cutch, and do whatever it takes as a veteran to get this club into the playoffs?

By: skliesen Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:40:43 +0000 Michael Morse would be a realistic option if Pirates are looking for a RF option vs LH. His splits strongly favor hitting vs lefties. He also would be cheap in terms of what Pirates would have to give up.

Personally, I’m in favor of going after Alex Rios. He’s a true everyday RF with .800+ OPS vs both right and left-hand pitchers. This just in, Pirates need a RF who can hit righties, too! He also has some speed, which Morse also lacks. If you’re a WAR guy, Rios is a +2.2, while Morse is a -0.4.

Rios would be more expensive both is salary and players going back to White Sox. But I would argue, Nutting can afford the salary increase, and one of the reasons to build up a deep system of prospects is to tap into that depth to bring in an established player to make a run.

Also, Rios is signed through 2014, with a relatively cheap buyout of 2015. If Polanco is knocking down the door next June/July, Rios could be a trade chip, or he could be insurance if Polanco has a hiccup in his development.

By: stickyweb Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:15:30 +0000 I love throwing out names so here goes. Marlon Byrd. He shouldn’t cost anything and is having his best season in years. Decent against LHP. Morse is much better against lefties and is younger, so if he doesn’t cost too much, he’d be good too.

Basically anyone that can hit a lefty and play solid RF. That’s not asking too much.

By: deacs Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:13:34 +0000 Morse would be perfect! RF that hits lefties, Seattle will be sellers.

By: Mike Tresky Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:51:29 +0000 I don’t like throwing names out there typically, but Mike Morse is a rental player they may want to look at. He has solid lefty/right splits. He might be an economical option.

By: Tim Williams Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:41:26 +0000 I don’t think you can have an “accurate” list. It’s all an individual preference. Unless you’ve got something ridiculous, like a guy in the top ten who clearly isn’t a top ten prospect, then you’re accurate.

I like comparing the lists to ours because it shows how other people feel about certain guys. For example, we are less concerned about Glasnow’s command issues right now than other people, so we have him third.

I think that the reports on the players are more important than the numerical rankings. Those usually match up across the board.

By: deacs Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:38:54 +0000 There’s definitely less sellers right now because teams are still holding out hope. I live in Philly and I think Ruben Amaro is praying for a winning streak that gets them back in the hunt. Everyone else, including myself seems to think they’re cooked. I asked my buddies if they had an OF that could hit lefties. They said Mayberry but he’s too affordable and they wouldn’t trade him. As time goes on more teams will start throwing in the towel I guess. Way too early at this point unless you’re a Houston or Miami. I miss the Astros……….

By: Kevin_Young Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:34:02 +0000 If it’s any consolation Tim, I think this site’s list is more “accurate” for lack of a better term.

By: Tim Williams Tue, 18 Jun 2013 15:31:48 +0000 That would be the best case scenario. I could see it happening.