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Old 01-15-18, 06:47 PM
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The Official 2018 Pittsburgh Pirates Thread

Well, 2018 is off to a great start: Gerrit Cole to Houston and Andrew McCutchen to San Francisco for a handful of meh prospects.

These trades were clearly money-saving moves, the sort of moves that harm fan interest and result in poor crowds. I honestly expect to see shockingly low turnouts and TV ratings this season.

It's not even so much the trades that's upsetting but the piss poor management. I've been on board with the philosophy of trading talented guys before they become unaffordable as free agents to replenish the farm. But the fact is, these trades should have happened two years ago when Cole and McCutchen still had high-end value. It's nice they got some prospects (it's better than nothing) but as far as I can tell, none are projected to amount to more than middle of the road starters. Maybe they'll get lucky and one of them will be a surprise, but I'm not hopeful.
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Old 01-15-18, 09:36 PM
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Well, 2018 is off to a great start: Gerrit Cole to Houston and Andrew McCutchen to San Francisco for a handful of meh prospects.

These trades were clearly money-saving moves, the sort of moves that harm fan interest and result in poor crowds. I honestly expect to see shockingly low turnouts and TV ratings this season.

It's not even so much the trades that's upsetting but the piss poor management. I've been on board with the philosophy of trading talented guys before they become unaffordable as free agents to replenish the farm. But the fact is, these trades should have happened two years ago when Cole and McCutchen still had high-end value. It's nice they got some prospects (it's better than nothing) but as far as I can tell, none are projected to amount to more than middle of the road starters. Maybe they'll get lucky and one of them will be a surprise, but I'm not hopeful.
The best thing that can happen to the Pirates is lose 100 games next year. They need to move Harrison, Marte and Polanco if they want any kind of decent returns. Couple that with tanking for high draft picks and they can be back in contention in 4 years.
Don't pull a Cincinnati and drag out the rebuild by holding on to decent players until they have no value.

Trade and Tank.
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