Revisiting the Nate McLouth trade

I understand why the Nate McLouth trade incensed many Pirate fans. McLouth was a quality player and a fan favorite. He was one of my favorites, too. But once we get past the emotional reaction, we see that the trade of McLouth, along with the subsequent acquisition of Lastings Milledge, did not exactly hurt the Pirates.

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BUCCO Fans Player Pages

Over the next month I will be working on player pages for all of the players in the Pittsburgh Pirates system.  I finished the template today, so now it’s only a matter of entering the information for each player (my count is 260 players, not counting the NRI guys who aren’t technically in the system). Here’s a little preview of the players I have a page for.  Let me know what you think.  My goal is to...

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What would it take to lock up Andrew McCutchen?

I was reading an article on Evan Longoria’s contract (and similar contracts) at DRaysBay yesterday, which got me thinking about Andrew McCutchen. I think most people would agree that McCutchen will be a star (or at least a well above average player). He possesses elite tools, a performance record to back it up, and an encouraging approach to the game. McCutchen has hinted that he would prefer to go year-to-year with his...

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Top 10 Draft Picks of the Decade

With 2010 just around the corner, we’ve started to see a lot of “decade recap” articles around the web, including several Pirates related themes, such as the WHYGAVS All-Decade Team, Joe Starky’s recap of the decade, and Pirates Property’s Top 10 Pirates of the Decade.  I decided to take a look at some of the best and worst moves of the decade from a front office standpoint.  I will cover the...

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2009 Rule 5 Draft Preview: Outfielders

So far I’ve reviewed some catchers and middle infielders in the upcoming 2009 Rule 5 draft.  Next up we have a few outfielders who are eligible for the draft that the Pirates may want to take a look at. The Pirates are pretty secure in their outfield situation, both in the short term, and long term.  In the short term they’ve got Andrew McCutchen and Lastings Milledge in the majors, and Jose Tabata in the wings...

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