I'm not against trading prospects. That should be apparent by the multiple articles I've written saying that the Pirates have the prospects to get Jose Quintana, and could afford to trade the big package of prospects required to make that deal.

There isn't one sole purpose when building a farm system. The primary focus would be to supply the big league team with young talent that will be under control for many years. The Pirates have achieved this with their farm system. Right now, their starting lineup has six of eight players who were developed in the system, and their current expected rotation has three guys developed in the system, along with numerous other options in the upper levels of the minors.

The farm system should also be used for trades to help supplement the MLB club. T...

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