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First Pitch: The Type of Prospects That the Pirates Could Afford to Trade

First Pitch: The Type of Prospects That the Pirates Could Afford to Trade

As I looked around at the reactions toward the Angels' trade for Huston Street, I noticed a lot of people commenting about how the deal was a good one for Los Angeles. This is a team that didn't have a farm system, and traded the few prospects they had remaining for a relief pitcher who is making $10 M over the next year and a half. And I'd have to agree that this deal was a good one for the Angels.

The Angels don't need prospects. They have the luxury of being able to throw a large amount of money at any problem they have, thus allowing them to make a move like this. They signed Albert Pujols to a ten year deal that pays him an average of $24 M a year. Pujols immediately started to see a decline with his offense. The next year they signed Josh Hamilton to a five year deal that pays him an average of $25 M a year. Once again, they saw an instant decline. That didn't stop them from making future moves, including the recent trade for Street. And they don't really need the prospects th...

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