Now that the Pirates are out of contention they should seriously consider trading Maholm. I don't see them signing him next year and he could bring in a decent prospect or two. If we can't unload him I'm pretty sure we can get a comp pick for him in next years draft. Does anyone know if we get a comp pick for Doumit, DLee or Ludwick? I know we get a pick if we don't sign Josh Bell. We are currently in line to get the 13th pick in the draft but we are moving up that list rapidly as the Pirates continue to lose. Trading Maholm and replacing him with Lincoln can only help that cause.
Building the farm system seems the only way to get this team to a winning record. It would be sad to see Maholm go. He has been a true workhorse over the years but even with the low payroll I can't see them spending nearly 10 million on one pitcher. So let's see what we can get for him. This winter we should also look into trading Hanrahan if we can get the right prospects for him. His stats over the past two years are incredible and he should bring back alot in return, especially to some team who needs a closer badly, there just aren't many good ones available.
In the meanwhile look at every Pirate loss as a good thing. It's a longshot but we could rally and finish with the 4th or 5th worst record overall. It might be the difference in getting the next Braun or Longoria. In closing does anyone know how strong the draft is projected to be next year? Thanks for any input. This is my first Post ever and I apologize if it is a bit unprofessional. I have read many Posts here and I am a bit in awe of the general expertise put forth by many of the people here. Thanks again.