Just in case you haven't seen it yet, ESPN's MLB page has a feature article today suggesting the Pirates should trade for Giancarlo Stanton. According to the author, David Schoenfield, a reasonable offer would consist of Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, Tony Sanchez and a “decent C-grade lefty.”
You've heard all the arguments by now:
• Our right field platoon is underperforming (although it wasn’t a complete disaster before Tabata got hurt);
• Stanton is 23 and under contract for three and a half more years (although he’ll be arbitration-eligible this off-season);
• Stanton is a proven (albeit injury-prone) Major League power hitter while the others are simply prospects; and
• oh yeah, we haven't won in 20 years, so no sacrifice is too great.
I'd be open to a deal that involved one of the Pirates’ premium prospects, but with Wandy and AJ unlikely to return next year, you have to count on building the pitching staff of the future around Cole and Taillon, along with Locke.
I'd love to have Stanton, and I might swallow hard and include Polanco in a package that consisted of maybe Nick Kingham, Josh Bell and Jose Tabata (who would be superfluous at that point anyway). But under the circumstances, Taillon would be as close to untouchable as anyone I can think of.