Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call: Trade Rumors Post Holiday Snapshot

The Pittsburgh Pirates brass is back at it after the holidays. Where do things currently stand with the rumored Jose Quintana trade?

The Pittsburgh Pirates powers-that-be are back at it after the holiday break.

Of course, it was not a designated break per se, but the lack of any significant movement from the club in regards to acquiring Jose Quintana shows that the club throttled down over the weekend.

Now, talks and rumors figure to ramp back up in earnest. Here now is a snapshot look at the current Hot Stove landscapes.

Snagging a Lefty?

There has been no substantial update on the Quintana talks, though numerous Chicago-based reporters are reporting that the Yankees have backed out of the rumored three-team deal that would send Andrew McCutchen to the Yankees, Quintana to the Pittsburgh Pirates and numerous prospects to the White Sox.

Such a deal would have been a difficult one to pull off, so it is not surprising that it has cooled. The Pirates still have the prospects to get the deal done. What we do know is that a “core four” of prospects have been bandied about as centerpieces of the deal, those being Josh Bell, Tyler Glasnow, Kevin Newman and Mitch Keller.

Austin Meadows‘ name has crept up, but mostly shot down as being an unrealistic trade chip. He is about as close to untouchable as it gets, which may bring a huge sigh of relief from fans.

Unfortunately, that is about as much of an update as we have at this point. Stay tuned to Pirates Breakdown as we will be tracking this throughout the day.

Other Moves

Pittsburgh Pirates GM Neal Huntington is likely waiting for the Quintana shoe to drop before addressing other moves, but that does not mean that they lack importance. Here’s a quick look.

  • Finalizing the bullpen. We saw the Pirates bring in a fantastic relief arm in Daniel Hudson. However, that does not mean that the bullpen is finalized, in fact far from it. Either Tony Watson or Antionio Bastardo – and perhaps both – are likely to be moved, and Watson in particular could be used as a sweetener for any potential deal. Additionally, the team may feel it needs one more established arm to throw in to the mix.
  • Finalizing the bench. Do the Pittsburgh Pirates have enough faith that Alen Hanson can serve in a utility role as the last guy on the bench? Tough to say, but we have heard stray comments from Huntington that the team will still need to address its bench. There are a myriad of options out there, and we will be exploring these in detail over the coming days.
  • Another Starter? If the Pirates don’t land Quintana, will they be content with their rotation as-is? The smart money would be on the club looking to fill out the rotation with a low-risk, high-upside bargain signing should they lose out on the prized left-hander.

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Jason Rollison

Jason Rollison has been analyzing baseball and the Pirates in one way or another for 4+ years. Jason's previous stops include rumbunter.com, Pittsburgh Sporting News, Call To The Pen and several print publications. He also covers the State College Spikes for the Centre County Gazette (State College, PA) When it comes to analyzing baseball, he likes to take a middle-of-the-road approach, with one foot on the analytics side of the fence and the other on the old-school side. Having said that, he is a sucker for pitchf/x. Jason has appeared as a phone-in and in-studio guests in numerous outlets, including Trib Live Radio and 93.7 The Fan (CBS Sports Radio)