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Why Nick Kingham Would Be Too Much to Pay For Ike Davis

Why Nick Kingham Would Be Too Much to Pay For Ike Davis

On Friday morning, I read an article by Bob Smizik talking about how the Pittsburgh Pirates should be open to trading a top prospect for first baseman Ike Davis. There were parts of the article I agreed with, and parts I disagreed with. At the end of the article, Smizik asks a simple question to "all of those afflicted with PSS (Prospect Separation Syndrome)": Why not trade Nick Kingham for Ike Davis?

I guess I would qualify as someone with PSS, although I'm not against trading prospects. I just think that in the majority of cases, it doesn't make sense for a team like the Pirates to trade prospects. If you look at the Rays, they've been the most successful small market team in the majors because they're constantly building with prospects and trading their top players away. They don't make a big splash by trading a top prospect away. They trade an established player away for top prospects, then replace that established player with other top prospects that they usually acquired in a ...

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