Looking back at the Jason Bay Trade

The biggest criticism of Neal Huntington so far has been the Jason Bay trade. In defense of the critics, the trade hasn’t looked good so far. In his first full season with Boston, Bay hit for a .267/.384/.537 line, with 36 homers. This isn’t new for Bay, as Bay has hit for 30 or more homers in four of his six seasons in the majors, and has combined for an OPS of .895 or greater in five of those seasons. It didn’t...

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The Pirates have money to spend

A lot of talk has gone around about the comments by Neal Huntington that the Pittsburgh Pirates will be active in free agency this off-season, even going after some of the guys they’ve traded away. This has led to speculation by the Post-Gazette of Rick Ankiel and John Grabow serving as potential targets, along with countless speculation and ideas around the internet. The first thing anyone should say is “we’ve heard...

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Interview with Bryan Morris

There’s no question that Bryan Morris is a talented pitcher. The Dodgers thought highly enough of him to select him in the first round of the 2006 draft. The Pirates thought highly enough of him to take him as a part of the return for Jason Bay, their best player at the time. The problem with Morris has been injury issues, and that has carried over in to his time with the Pirates. I interviewed Bryan last Thursday, before his...

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When will the offense arrive for LaRoche?

Going in to the 2008 season, Andy LaRoche ranked as the top hitting prospect in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ system, and the number two overall prospect for the Dodgers. He also ranked 31st overall in Baseball America’s top 100 prospects in baseball. In their scouting report on LaRoche, he was listed with the potential of an every day third baseman with below average defense, who could bat in the middle of the lineup....

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Neal Huntington Trade Grades

The list below is a tally of all of the trades made by Pittsburgh Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington. The ultimate goal of any trade is to improve the team at the Major League level. Therefore, I decided to focus on the wins above replacement (WAR) stats for all players exchanged in the deal. To read about WAR, check out this series of articles at FanGraphs. As for the trades, the rules for each player: 1. WAR totals are taken...

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