Comments on: First Pitch: Huntington’s Underrated Trades, and the 2013 Deadline Challenge Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 21:37:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: moose7195 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 04:38:26 +0000 Yeah its pretty backwards. McGuire only plays 19 games and he’s #2? It’s rookie ball, don’t put too much stock in his hot start. Polanco at 8 is a slap in the face, as well as Heredia over Hanson and Kingham. And is that Willy Garcia? He’s got good power but not much else and shouldn’t be anywhere near #14.

By: ted_sheedy Thu, 25 Jul 2013 04:08:22 +0000 I’d be all for Byrd. Rios is only an upgrade over Tabata as a fielder, but not worth a couple runs a year for $12mm. While simultaneously burying Tabata, who is showing signs of competence and Polanco.

This is still a small-market team, salary will always be a consideration. Rios doesn’t add nearly enough for the cost, salary and asset.

By: Chris O'Rorke Thu, 25 Jul 2013 02:10:17 +0000 Thoughts on Top20 Prospects?

10. Barnes

By: csnumber23 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 01:17:05 +0000 Absolutely well said Caliparifan and Jeremy!! Smurph, I’m not sure what you have been watching but Huntington has been outstanding!! look what he took over 5 years ago and then look at the organization now. Dave Littlefield was as bad as it gets and so was Cam Bonifay.

I can’t remember which idiot made the worst trade in MLB history, I think it was idiot #2 Littlefield. A. Ramirez in his prime and K. Lofton thrown in for scrub Bobby Hill and scrub Jose Hernandez.

By: csnumber23 Thu, 25 Jul 2013 00:47:43 +0000 Absolutely ridiculous to even suggest trading Liriano right now. He is our ace right now in the middle of a pennant race. Not to mention he is very affordable next year. If there were to be any consideration of cashing in on him it would be in the off season after picking up his option.

Tim, great article!! Glad to see Huntington finally getting due props for what he has done to build this franchise.

By: Chris O'Rorke Thu, 25 Jul 2013 00:38:25 +0000 thoughts on trading for a franchise player from another team? that’s the only way I would ever consider giving up taillon. what would it cost for like a Troy Tulowitzki or Joe Mauer? Both small market teams could use a facelift and trading their star could be beneficial to them

By: Jeremy J Stein Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:18:35 +0000 That could happen.

By: Jeremy J Stein Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:12:30 +0000 Cuddyer has had an awesome year but he may be cooling off. In July so far he’s only hitting .254. Although he does have a .795 OPS, so he would still be a huge upgrade for the Pirates in RF.
I feel like the Rockies would ask for Polanco and Taillon in this market though which would not be worth it and end up hurting the Pirates long term.
If the Rockies were reasonable and would take Bell, and a couple C grade pitchers, that would be sweet.

By: Bucco_Joe Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:12:16 +0000 A meaningful move such as obtaining a RF who can hit 0.270. hit 15 to 20 HRS, and drive in 70 runs. Somebody who can hold the position for the next 2 to 3 years until some of these prospects are MLB ready.

By: Marco Rincones Wed, 24 Jul 2013 22:07:56 +0000 I commented in a longer paragraph below but I think the Pirates need to see what it would take to get the Rockies to deal Michael Cuddyer to Pittsburgh. He’s under contract thru 2014 at approx $11mil per yr. He’s a great clubhouse guy, would fit into our RF slot well (can also play 1st base) and could bat 4th, 5th or 6th to drive in some runs. The guy is a gamer. Rios, Byrd, Ibanez all have their flaws. Cuddy can rake, plays hard and is what we need now to win this division and compete in the playoffs. The Rockies need prospects, the Pirates have plenty of them…..