Instead of discussing the myriad of players the Pirates should be targeting in trades (Matt Garza! Gavin Floyd! Billy Butler!), I want to discuss what players the Pirates should consider trading. I know this difficult to discuss without knowing what we are getting in return, but I think it would be an interesting discussion. The free agent market is very shallow, so I think it is time to consider acquiring good young talent via trade.
Major League Level:
I think we can agree that Cutch and Pedro are nearly untouchable. Of course we will always listen for an offer where a team is willing to overpay, but those two are studs who should be integral pieces in the window where the Pirates hope to compete for a championship.
Neil Walker is an interesting candidate for a trade. Some people believe that Walker's breakout 2010 campaign makes him a great sell-high candidate, as fans expect him to regress to his Minor League numbers. Most other GMs will be aware that Walker is a regression candidate, and I hate trading the hometown kid. If ever there was a player who might want to stay in Pittsburgh through his free agency years, it might be Walker.
Tabata is another name that has been mentioned. I believe he really is 22 years old, so I expect him to get better over the next few seasons.
The one player I would look to trade is Evan Meek. He is coming off a career year where he made an All-Star appearance. I would keep Hanrahan because his stuff is so nasty and I expect his traditional metrics (ERA) to decrease to catch up with his nasty peripherals this season. When the Bucs are ready to compete, I think bullpen arms can be found and are always available on the free agency market.
I like giving Doumit plenty of starts at catcher in April in an attempt to increase his trade value. He needs to go, and I think we could find a taker. It goes without saying that we hope we can get something in return for Maholm at the trade deadline.
Minor League Level:
The one player I am the most hesitant to trade is Tony Sanchez. If the Bucs trade Sanchez, there will be a nasty black hole at the catcher spot in the organization. I believe he has the tools to be an above average catcher both offensively and defensively, and I think he will show that in Altoona if he is healthy in 2011.
Taillon, Allie, and Heredia are not eligible to be traded. I would be willing to trade everyone else for the right MLB pitcher or corner infielder/outfielder. I would happily include Lambo or Marte in the right deal. I would trade any of the AA pitchers for the right return.
What are y'alls thoughts? If you don't have any, don't worry about it, I was bored in class and this was a nice time waster.