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First Pitch: Pirates Need to Stay The Course

First Pitch: Pirates Need to Stay The Course

The Rays will trade David Price this off-season, and the Pirates should have nothing to do with him.

David Price will be a big name on the trade market this off-season. He's one of the best pitchers in the game, and has two years remaining. If you want the comfort of two years of an established major league pitcher, you can't do much worse than him. The Pirates certainly could use a top pitcher like Price. But it will cost you. It will cost a lot in prospects, like starting with Gregory Polanco. Although you can trade prospects away and just replace them with big name free agents, right? Like Shin-Soo Choo on a huge deal. After all, the Pirates are contenders now.

Have we learned nothing from recent history?

A year ago, the Tampa Bay Rays traded James Shields to the Kansas City Royals. In return they got a huge haul in prospects, including AL Rookie of the Year candidate Wil Myers. The Rays will have Myers for six more years, and the Royals will have Shields for one more year....

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