Williams: Should the Pirates Trade Marte and Rivero in a Rebuild? Not Just Yet

Starling Marte and Felipe Rivero are both under team control through the 2021 season. Photo Credit: David Hague
Williams: Should the Pirates Trade Marte and Rivero in a Rebuild? Not Just Yet

This week I've written a lot about a potential Pirates rebuild, which seems likely to take place in some fashion. Rebuild is a word that can come with many definitions. It could mean a total "blow it all up, trade every player away, and contend somewhere down the line" or it could just be a retooling where you trade a few players, and hope for a quick turnaround.

A lot of the rumors surrounding the Pirates have focused on guys who are only under contract for the next year or two. Andrew McCutchen is under control through the 2018 season. Gerrit Cole through 2019. Josh Harrison through 2020, with two of those years being option years. It seems that if the Pirates are going to be sellers, and are going for a rebuild, they will be going for more of the retooling approach, rather than blowi...

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