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Kovacevic's Latest: Pirates, Bay, Grabow

Posted on: July 27, 2008 2:29 pm
Edited on: July 27, 2008 2:59 pm

Dejan Kovacevic brings us the state of the Pirates in a nice piece in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

  • As we know, the Pirates don't want to trade Jason Bay. Kovacevic writes, "'We'll need to be blown away," one team source said, referring to Bay."  The Braves, Mets, Phillies, and A's are the latest to inquire.
  • If the Pirates don't make any more deals, they will of course revisit the possibility in the offseason. Still, any of Bay, Jack Wilson, or John Grabow could remain long-term if the Pirates aren't offered enough any time between now and next season, or if the Pirates don't appear to be "legitimately competitive" in the first half next year.
  • The Xavier Nady/Damaso Marte deal was initially reported to revolve around Phil Coke and George Kontos; however, one of those was diagnosed with a damaged labrum, seemingly Coke.
  • Ross Ohlendorf is expected to join the Bucs rotation after three or four starts in Triple-A.
  • A fun fact from Kovacevic: "If the Pirates could have traded Nady and Marte straight up for Jose Tabata last winter, Huntington said, 'We would have done it in a heartbeat.'"

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2008 9:09 am

Kovacevic's Latest: Pirates, Bay, Grabow

Which year is an aberration ?   He had over 30 HRs, 100 Runs and 100 RBI in 2005 and 2006.   He had a similar year in 2004, but only 411 ABs.   He was HURT in 2007.    So 2007 was the aberration.   Duh.

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: July 27, 2008 7:04 pm

Kovacevic's Latest: Pirates, Bay, Grabow

If the Pirates were considering trading Bay last week (and I am not saying that they should have been), why would trading Nady change the way they feel about moving Bay?  This is simple - either they are going to offer Bay an extension and (re-)build (again) around him - or they need to move him while his value is high.  Does anyone remember the tank Bay fell into last year?  Which year is an aberration?  Last year or this year?  Right now it is easy to think that it was last year, but, if he starts slow again next year, Pirate fans will be screaming about what they COULD have gotten this year. 

Realistically, is this a Pirates team that is even trading for NEXT year?  The NL Central may be the strongest division in baseball.  Now may be a really good time to cash in this chip.  Unfortunately, the Pirates will have to reverse their recent course and make a SMART move and acquire some major-league ready talent for this to make sense.

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