Pirates Notebook: Perfect timing for the McLouth trade

I’m finding myself liking the McLouth trade more and more since the deal has been made. My biggest complaint on the deal was that the package we received in return wasn’t enough. Nate’s value should have been high, as he has a gold glove, and hit .276 with 26 homers from the center field position last year, which looks great. Only Carlos Beltran and Josh Hamilton hit for a higher average and more homers from the...

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Pirates Notebook: Pittsburgh Moneyball

I’ve been studying trends on the make up of the Pirates this season, and so far there have been a few trends to emerge. After the Nate McLouth trade, I noticed the players we received fit the trends I had identified. Maybe it’s just a wild theory, but I have a feeling the Pirates are creating their own “Moneyball” system. People remember the book “Moneyball” mostly for the MLB draft portion of it....

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Pirates Notebook: No question where this team stands

A lot of the complaints I read from the Pirates players following the Nate McLouth trade expressed anger over the notion that the front office was giving up on them while they were just six and a half games out of first place. If there’s one point of evidence that can refute the line of thinking that says we had a shot with Nate McLouth on the team, then here it is: Player A: 6.64 ERA in 42 innings pitched Player B: 0.90 ERA in...

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Pirates Notebook: Who is the next to go?

I did my write up of the Nate McLouth trade last night. After thinking about it some more I guess my biggest problem is the timing. From what I read in the PPG, Tommy Hanson and Jason Heyward were both untouchable. That’s understandable. Hanson is an ace, and I think Heyward could be another Jason Bay. That being said, I think we could have at least gotten Heyward in a deal for McLouth. The problem I have is the timing. Atlanta...

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Pirates trade McLouth to Atlanta

I think one thing is obvious right now: the Pirates really didn’t like Nate McLouth’s new haircut. I got home tonight to find some shocking news. No, not the Nate McLouth trade. That came a little later. I was out in the garden, watering the plants, and I noticed that one of the neighborhood cats had completely stolen the catnip that my wife and I grow for our two cats. And by “completely stolen” I mean...

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