Hello all. What a horrible horrible weekend. I mean, I know Houston is pretty terrible, but I really felt this team was turning a corner. Now that we have been brought back to reality a bit, I think it's safe to say that this team needs an injection of talent in some way. Maybe that means you call up Alex Pressley rather than carry a frontier league player *cough Pedro Ciraco Cough*, maybe it means you want to try to trade Diego Moreno, Jordy Mercer and Aaron Pribanic for a rightfielder, catcher or firstbaseman with an albatross of a contract, and maybe you blow it up (not completely and trade Maholm for a few of prospects you won't have to add to the 40 man roster. Regardless, something has to give.
Now I realize we haven't been in "contention" or this close to 500 this late in the game for a while, so some of you are just a bit rusty as far as what we should be trying to add to our squad. This is leading to posts saying we should trade Pedro Alvarez (NO NO NO NO) or that Andrew McCutchen wouldn't bring a return of Jesus Montero (not even going to dignify that with a response). I guess what I'm saying is that in spite of all of that I feel like we have some pretty knowledgable people here and that anybody who checks in on any Pirates blog regularly is clearly not lacking in loyalty or fandom given the teams recent history.
So this post is home to your chance to make up a deal. If you are joking, let people know. If you are serious, state so. I'll go first:
1. Joke trade: Clint Hurdle to the Marlins for Catcher John Buck and RHP Chris Volstad. Reasoning: The Marlins need a manager and the Pirates are no strangers to catcher for manager trades (see Sanguillen for Tanner). The Pirates need to have at least one major league catcher on their squad and may as well deal their best trade chip to get one. Since Buck isn't "equal" value, the Pirates will likely insist upon receiving that which they covet second most, the tallest RHP in the Marlins entire organization.
2. The more "Realistic" proposal: Diego Moreno, Aaron Pribanic, Jordy Mercer for Carlos Beltran. Beltran is getting paid a ton of money to play RF, but is unlikely to return next season. Beltran would immediately be the bucs starting rightfielder and 5 hitter adding pop from both sides of the plate. The three "prospects" I have chosen to be included are all exposed to rule 5 next season and potentially could be gone for 50K. I don't necessarily think we need to trade these 3, but I tried to pick 3 middle of the pack guys from the Piratesprospects rule 5 update post from last week. I figure you can trade 3 of those and then make a complimentary deal that makes room in the rotation for Brad Lincoln and replace those 3 with 3 prospects that will not be rule 5 eligible.
Ok your turn. Have fun with this