Improvement Since the Trades

The Ryan Doumit situation has brought up a lot of speculation, with the biggest theories suggesting that the starting catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates is disgruntled over the trades that have been made this season. Personally I don’t want to speculate on what the disagreement between John Russell and Doumit was. However, that won’t stop me from looking at whether or not there is any reason to be disgruntled over the...

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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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Pirates Notebook: Post Trade Thoughts

I wrote on the Eric Hinske trade and the Nyjer Morgan/Sean Burnett trade earlier today. Check out those links for my thoughts on the deals. In the aftermath of the trades, I’ve got a few more thoughts, which I will provide in no specific order: Where are the left handers? The big issue, following the trade of Burnett, is the lack of left handers in the bullpen. It seemed like the Pirates had nothing but left handers in their...

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Pirates trade Morgan/Burnett for Milledge/Hanrahan

I’ve written about this rumored deal twice now. When it was first rumored, I looked at the Milledge/Craig Stammen request from the Pirates end. Later I looked at the debate between talent and attitude that seems to split Pirates fans on the deal. Today the Pirates finally made the move, trading Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett to Washington for Lastings Milledge and Joel Hanrahan. That debate is going to remain for Pirates fans now...

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Pirates Notebook: The classic debate

I mentioned some thoughts on the Nyjer Morgan for Lastings Milledge trade rumors Friday night. Since that point I’ve been thinking about the non-baseball aspect of the deal. There are two opinions on the trade rumors from what I can tell. One side wants Milledge because he’s a talented player that could be an upside over Morgan if he puts it all together. The other side doesn’t want Milledge because he is considered...

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