I believe everything a GM tells me. Except the fact in the past they set the market to be what it is today by setting up bidding wars for players before certain owners realized they didn’t have the money to back it up. In this case the Pirates want us to believe they are protecting players from themselves by keeping them in the minors. Clint Hurdle can play all the hunches he wants no matter how bad they backfire, but if we they take a chance on one of the best players in minor league baseball to "possibly" spark the team back into contention they can’t do that because they are protecting that player from that terrible major league pitching where 2 out of 5 starting pitchers are a couple bad outings away from the minor leagues. Potential used to be about seeing what you can do, not about statistical algorithms!