The Pirates have already made one big trade splash with the shipment of All-Star center fielder Nate McLouth to the Atlanta Braves for three high-end prospects earlier this month. Apparently, that was just the beginning as Neal Huntington is already receiving inquiries from other teams about more Pirate players. If you don't want to take the time to read the piece and you just want the details, here's a quick rundown:
1. The Colorado Rockies are very interested in starter Ian Snell, and it looks like the Pirates are ready to move him out of town. I wouldn't expect a whole lot back for him. Maybe one high-end prospect.
2. The San Francisco Giants are interested in 1B Adam LaRoche. The Giants all of sudden are six games over .500 and are challenging for the Wild Card (consider the Dodgers the NL West champs). The current Giants 1B, Travis Ishakawa, is an okay hitter, but has absolutely no power. Not sure what we would get back for him, although I have to think it would be more than the return for Ian Snell
3. The Los Angeles Angels have inquired about set up man John Grabow. Scot Shields, the Angels' former set up man, just suffered a season-ending injury, and Jose Arredondo was sent back to the minors because he was terribly ineffective. Call me crazy, but I think we may get a good return back for Grabow because the Angels are desperate for bullpen help all of a sudden.
In the end, I wouldn't lose any sleep over trading any of those four players, especially if we can get good players in return. In the end, what kind of return we get from these teams is going to come down to desperation. How desperate are these teams for a SP, 1B, SS, and set up man? Only time will tell.
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