What Would the Rays Do?
If you've read this site long enough, you will have seen that phrase from me. And by "long enough", I mean "for at least a week". The Rays are the model organization for any small market team. They've found a way to win with a much smaller payroll, in the biggest spending division in baseball, while also removing the word "window" from their vocabulary. They're able to sustain this success because they make smart baseball moves left and right. They don't over-value names, they value talent, and they're not afraid to trade an established player for prospects and replace that player with an unestablished, but talented prospect.
I don't think every move has to be like the Rays. They would never have gone for Jose Abreu, and I would have been fine with the Pirates...
To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.
If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail email@example.com.