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Greinke or Hamels? No thank you


Ken Rosenthal (among many others) is calling for the Pirates to make a playoff/WS push by making a big trade for Zack Greinke or Cole Hamels. While I would agree that this would more than bolster the starting rotation, it would come at a price that would be detrimental to the Pirates' organizational blueprint that Neal Huntington and Frank Coonelly have built of loading up the farm system for long-term success. There is 0 chance of Greinke or Hamels re-signing in Pittsburgh after the season. The Pirates are striving to become a small market club that can reload for years to come, rather than rebuild. Yes, the Pirates seem to have a surplus of young pitching throughout their organization, but that doesn't mean we need to solve that phenomenal problem by selling it off. Teams like the Yankees, Angels, Phillies, and Red Sox can rebuild through free-agency, but the Pirates cannot. Look at the Twins, and Brewers, who are currently suffering through the difficulties of small-market reloading. Although I would say 1 of those 2 clubs has phenomenal front office management that has built their club for future success, their struggles have shown how fragile the success of small market teams can be. As a result of this, the Pirates need to maximize their ability to reload in future seasons and not rebuild, because the base Huntington has built is strong, so why kick out multiple key building blocks for one push at a championship? I've waited 20 years, I can wait one more. So make some deadline deals, but only for the right price. Maybe an Anibal Sanchez (although Miami is probably a little to close to contending to sell yet) who is a rental, but substantially cheaper than the 2 previously mentioned studs.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of the managing editor (Charlie) or SB Nation. FanPosts are written by Bucs Dugout readers.

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