Trade Values: Shaping Up to Be a Seller’s Market

Throughout the 2011 trade season, I’ve been reviewing the trade values of players.  As I mentioned earlier in the month, the trade values are meant to represent the baseline value, and it’s possible for other teams to affect the price, especially if more than one team is willing to offer the same value for a player.  In the last few days we’ve seen two major trades, and one minor trade which involved established...

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Pirates Have Strong Interest in Jason Kubel

On Thursday we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were looking at Jason Kubel.  The Minnesota Twins outfielder might be on the trade market, depending on whether the Twins feel they are contenders.  Minnesota is currently 50-56, although they are six games out of the AL Central.  That said, they will have to move past four other teams if they want to win the division, which makes it more likely that they will be sellers. Jenifer...

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Friday Rumors: Domonic Brown Tops the Wish List

We’re less than 48 hours away from the trade deadline… -The big rumor today isn’t actually a rumor for the Pirates.  However, it has a lot of Pirates fans salivating at a great possibility to upgrade the team for the long term.  The rumor is that the Philadelphia Phillies are offering top outfield prospect Domonic Brown, along with starting pitching prospect Jarred Cosart, plus other players, in exchange for Hunter...

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Some Perspective on the Impact of an Impact Bat

A large segment of the Pirates fan base, energized by the team’s competitive play, is eager to see the team trade for an impact bat before the July 31 trade deadline. Over the past few weeks, it has been difficult to turn on the radio without hearing a caller state that Neal Huntington should deal whatever prospects are necessary to acquire someone like Carlos Beltran or Hunter Pence. Despite the improved play, the Pirates lineup has...

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A Price the Pirates Can’t Afford to Pay

You could easily make the case that Pittsburgh Pirates fans are obsessed with money.  Maybe not when it comes to their personal lives, but definitely when it comes to talking about moves the Pirates make.  Discussion of every move, whether it’s actual moves, or potential moves, comes down to money.  A big reason for this is because the Pirates are a small market team.  They can’t afford to spend like the New York Yankees...

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Thursday Rumors: Pirates Looking at Jason Kubel

Here are the Pirates trade rumors for Thursday: -Jayson Stark has a big list of updates on ESPN about the Pirates.  He mentions that the Pirates have said their number one focus is finding a “professional hitter”, per a club official that has been speaking with the Pirates.  Stark adds that they seem to have backed off of Carlos Pena, and that they are lukewarm on Josh Willingham and B.J. Upton.  He does mention that they...

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