2009 Season Recap: Trade Recaps

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made a lot of trades in the past two seasons. The 2009 season marked the first full year for the results of trades like the Jason Bay and Xavier Nady deals, and brought a lot of new trades throughout the season. In the last two weeks I’ve been looking back at every deal, with a look at how things turned out in 2009, and a look ahead to the future. Here are the recaps: Jason Bay Trade Xavier Nady Trade...

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Looking back at the Xavier Nady Trade

It’s funny how a year can change everything in regards to the perception of a deal. A year ago the Jason Bay trade was widely regarded as a success, while the Xavier Nady trade was widely criticized. In both deals the Pirates added a top prospect, getting Andy LaRoche in the Bay trade, and getting Jose Tabata in the Nady trade. Both moves added additional talent, with Ohlendorf, Morris, McCutchen, Moss, Karstens, and Hansen. Now...

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Pirates claim Anthony Claggett

The Pittsburgh Pirates have claimed relief pitcher Anthony Claggett off of waivers from the New York Yankees. Claggett came in to the season as the 26th ranked prospect in the Yankees system, and the number three right handed relief prospect, one ahead of Steven Jackson, who the Pirates claimed from the Yankees back in May. The 2009 40-man roster/payroll and the Future Payroll Commitments chart have been updated. Claggett pitched 82...

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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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After the Deadline: In the beginning there was Rincon

Ricardo Rincon pitched in just 125 innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates in his career. Despite just two seasons in relief, Rincon arguably contributed more to the Pittsburgh Pirates over the last decade than any player. Rincon was traded after the 1998 season for Brian Giles. Giles played four and a half seasons with the Pirates, hitting no worse than .298 in his time here, with 35-39 homers a season. Giles was traded in 2003 for Jason...

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