Back in June, on one of the Pirates Prospects podcasts, we discussed the difference in trading strategies between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rays hoard prospects. They've made a few deals where they send away young players, but you can probably count on one hand how many deals they've made where they've traded prospects for rentals. On the other end of the spectrum is Milwaukee. They've made a lot of trades to send out top prospects for established players. As a result of these two strategies, the Rays have managed to remain in contention for many years, while the Brewers had a small window.
A team like the Pirates doesn't necessarily have to be exactly like the Rays. They don't have to hoard prospects and build only from within. But they can't be like the Brewers. That's what we discussed in that podcast, and that stands true today. If they're going to fall somewhere on the spectrum, it needs to be closer to the Rays than the Brewers.
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.