Trade Values 101: How the Market Affects Price

I’ve done a lot of the trade values articles, not only looking at the value of guys the Pittsburgh Pirates have, but also looking at guys the Pirates could acquire.  There is one common question that gets asked in regards to the values that are presented: how does that change when other teams enter the mix?  Usually that’s people looking for a bigger return on the players on the Pirates’ roster.  The thought is that...

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Buyers or Sellers: Can the Pirates Be Both?

With the win over the Houston Astros last night, paired with a Milwaukee Brewers loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Pittsburgh Pirates took sole possession of second place in the NL Central, sitting 1.5 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.  The Pirates hold a 45-41 record, with seven games coming up against the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs, two of the worst teams in the National League this year.  There is a very strong chance...

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Reverse Trade Values: Carlos Beltran, Carlos Pena

The Pittsburgh Pirates are currently sitting at 41-39 on July 1st, a record that no one would have expected at the start of the season.  The record has some questioning whether the Pirates should be buyers at the trade deadline this year.  While I’ve remained cautious about labeling the Pirates as contenders, it’s hard to argue with the facts: -They just finished a month of June where they went 16-11, while winning against...

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The Prestige of Small Payroll Baseball – Tampa Bay Rays 2008-10

This is the 4th and final article in a series of articles examining how small payroll teams have found success in recent years. The goal is to try and determine what methods were successful in an attempt for the Pirates to emulate them.

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Potential Off-Season Targets: First Basemen

A week ago I looked at some options to fill the starting pitching needs for the 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates.  Since then, a few names and rumors have emerged, with the focus mostly being on pitching.  Despite the coverage focusing around pitchers, the 2011 Pirates have a few more needs on the team.  One of the needs is either a first baseman or a right fielder. In my current 25-man roster projection I have Garrett Jones projected as the...

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