While I'm not a big fan of mortgaging the team's future when it's present isn't yet ready, however...
The Pirates have been stockpiling pitching for a while, could the time be now to start adding some pieces to fill some holes moving forward? Is is really possible that NH will begin to part with some of his prize pieces to fill out the major league roster?
I was thinking about Gaby Sanchez out in Florida. Has done remarkably well in his year and a half, however, most people think that Logan Morrison is going to shift over and take over the 1B position in a matter of time. I'd love to see the Pirates be able to pry away Sanchez with some of the org's pitching (whether it be majors or minors). Sanchez would solve a hole at 1B for the team, and best of all, won't even hit arbitration until after next season, so he could be a long-term solution.
While I'm still a Lyle Overbay fan, not only is he underperforming this year, but in almost all probability won't be here next year, leaving the team to fill the void at 1B for another year.
I know when people think of trades or free agents, they get mostly excited about the big names, big bats, big arms. But it's the acquisitions of guys who are on the brink, or have had a small amount of success, like Sanchez, that pay dividends in the long run. A move like the Chris Snyder trade (or, before that, acquiring Adam LaRoche) where a guy is in your control beyond the year, are the kinds of moves the Pirates should almost always take a risk on.
So, my questions:
1. How much pitching would it take to pull Sanchez away from the Marlins?
2. Do you think Neal will pull off a trade like this kind (trading for a young-ish MLB player) during this season?