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First Pitch: The Difficult Decision in Trading Top Prospects

Tyler Glasnow is higher risk than Jose Quintana, but also possibly higher upside. Photo Credit: David Hague
First Pitch: The Difficult Decision in Trading Top Prospects

Ever since the Jose Quintana rumors started, I've been saying the Pirates have the prospects to make a deal. They've got enough depth in the upper levels of the minors, and throughout their system, that they could unload a few prospects and really not feel much in the short-term or the long-term. It would probably hurt to see some prospects performing well eventually with another organization. But the Pirates have enough depth that they should have a young player of their own performing in Pittsburgh at the same spot.

My thought was that the perfect combination of prospects to get Quintana would be Tyler Glasnow and Josh Bell. It's not that I feel those two prospects don't have a future in the majors. It's that the Pirates have enough depth to make them expendable.

Glasnow still has ...

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