Back in June, on one of the Pirates Prospects podcasts, we discussed the difference in trading strategies between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Milwaukee Brewers. The Rays hoard prospects. They've made a few deals where they send away young players, but you can probably count on one hand how many deals they've made where they've traded prospects for rentals. On the other end of the spectrum is Milwaukee. They've made a lot of trades to send out top prospects for established players. As a result of these two strategies, the Rays have managed to remain in contention for many years, while the Brewers had a small window.

A team like the Pirates doesn't necessarily have to be exactly like the Rays. They don't have to hoard prospects and build only from within. But they can't be like the Brewers...

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