Comments on: Pirates Have No More Than Lukewarm Interest in Alex Rios http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/pirates-have-no-more-than-lukewarm-interest-in-alex-rios.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:06:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 By: Cecil. http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/pirates-have-no-more-than-lukewarm-interest-in-alex-rios.html#comment-32847 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:39:31 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62131#comment-32847 “clubbed like a baby seal.”
Fred, love that phrase. People around me are wondering what I’m laughing at. I will be using it in the future.

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By: BostonsCommon http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/pirates-have-no-more-than-lukewarm-interest-in-alex-rios.html#comment-32837 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:07:32 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62131#comment-32837 I think it was Walk who made a comment last night about how the whole staff used to be guys who sat 86-90, and you just don’t see ANYONE like that anymore. Even the “soft tosser” of the staff (Locke) sits 91-93 as a lefty.

Before you would get one guy who touched 93 like Ian Snell, and you thought you had Nolan Ryan. That’s easily the biggest change on the Pirates since Huntington took over.

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By: BostonsCommon http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/pirates-have-no-more-than-lukewarm-interest-in-alex-rios.html#comment-32836 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 16:01:40 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62131#comment-32836 I was thinking he could take ABs from Walker and/or Alvarez. Instantly upgrades the bench too (although he probably wouldn’t want to move into that role). He would definitely be more of a luxury piece for the Pirates, but I would at least give the Philadelphia a call about him.

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By: Fred Langford http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/pirates-have-no-more-than-lukewarm-interest-in-alex-rios.html#comment-32834 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:53:43 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62131#comment-32834 Michael Young would help but he is not exactly a good fit. He doesn’t play OF and doesn’t give you the power you need if he plays 1B and there is not really a fit for him anywhere else other than getting some abs vs lefties in place of Alvarez.

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By: Fred Langford http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/pirates-have-no-more-than-lukewarm-interest-in-alex-rios.html#comment-32833 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:49:53 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62131#comment-32833 I always tell a story about being in Bradenton for a ST game Morris’ last year and Morris got the start and my future wife who knew little about baseball at the time looking at Morris warming up and saying “This guy doesn’t look like he throws very hard.” He was about 84-86 that day with a 66mph loopy curve and he got clubbed like a baby seal.

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By: Fred Langford http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/pirates-have-no-more-than-lukewarm-interest-in-alex-rios.html#comment-32832 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:45:45 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62131#comment-32832 I agree BC. Yeah, the Rockies are at around 5% chance of playoffs. A good 10 days could get them thinking they are in it but 10 more bad days and they are probably done. Although just a few years ago they won 18-19 or whatever to get in the playoffs. What a freak occurrence that was. Haven’t heard much talk about Cuddyer so not sure what he would cost prospect-wise. He is owed 14.1 mil or so through next year and I don’t think that will break the bank. He will be 35 next year but is having a career year so not worried about getting a guy who is going to decline a large amount…and I love his versatility and playoff experience.

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By: BostonsCommon http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/pirates-have-no-more-than-lukewarm-interest-in-alex-rios.html#comment-32830 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:42:28 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62131#comment-32830 Apparently Michael Young is now willing to approve a trade to the Red Sox. Would he do the same to go to the team with the best record in baseball?

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By: PikeBishop65 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/pirates-have-no-more-than-lukewarm-interest-in-alex-rios.html#comment-32828 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:31:26 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62131#comment-32828 Two solid weeks and we’re right there…..

Yeah I seem to remember a GM saying that and then going out and getting Matt Morris.

Still wake up with cold sweats over that one. :-)

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By: BostonsCommon http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/pirates-have-no-more-than-lukewarm-interest-in-alex-rios.html#comment-32822 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:18:41 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62131#comment-32822 What’s nice is that Colorado still has Cargo and Tulo. So its not like they would be giving away the face of the franchise in Cuddyer… 6 games under, but only 7.5 behind the Dodgers, 8 back of the Reds for the WC.

I get why its hard for GMs to let pieces go. “Two solid weeks and we could be right there…”

This is not a team going to the playoffs though. And they should always be looking for pitching prospects with heavy fastballs, and big GO/AO ratios and the Pirates have them in droves.

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By: leadoff http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/07/pirates-have-no-more-than-lukewarm-interest-in-alex-rios.html#comment-32821 Wed, 31 Jul 2013 15:16:26 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=62131#comment-32821 Rios would help the Pirates if the asking price was realistic, but when teams like Boston and Detroit give up their top prospects for middle of the road players, it just makes even trade deals impossible for teams like the Pirates. Detroit and Boston can overcome this stupidity by overpaying on the international market for players to replace these guys, the Pirates can’t.

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