Just like Nate McClouth, Jason Bay, Jack Wilson and every other fan favorite that was annointed the Hall of Fame after just a season or two, Garrett Jones is just an average everyday player and provides more value now in return of a trade than he does staying put in a Pirates Uniform.
His stats as of this post in 2010...14 HR (ranks 36th among OF, 18th among 1B), .277 AVG (15th among 1B, 33rd among OF ), 61 RBI (15th among OF,16th among 1B )
Career (.277 AVG, 37 HR (1 every 6 games or pace of 25 a full season), 110 RBI (pace of 81 per full season).)
All of those stats put him in the middle of the pack and a serviceable player, but not one to build a future around if you can trade him for prospects. The Pirates not only need more power, they also need better overall hitters.
I have never seen so many hitless innings and such poor hitting in my 25+ yrs of watching baseball.
The Pirates have speed, lots of it. If they can get the speed guys on base and have players behind them that can hit around .300; those lead off walks and singles now become 1st and 3rd on one swing of the bat. You don't need to hit the ball out of the park to win; the Angels had a team average of close to .290 years ago when they won it all.
Package Jones and Maholm together and ship them to Anaheim for 5 of their top prospects and continue the re-building process that I believe in currently.
Won't be surprised to see Doumit and Duke packaged in an AL deal as well.