Pittsburgh Pirates Wake Up Call: When rebuilding, judge trades in totality

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Pittsburgh Pirates fans are getting restless.

You can see that unrest with a quick look at Twitter at any given moment. Many wonder when the Pirates will make a significant off-season move, while many others debate back and forth over potential trade return packages.

The more this offseason drags out — with a new team seemingly interested in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ wares each day — the more I realize a simple truth. The returns the Pirates get for various trades would be better judged in their totality.

Meaning, a potential return package for, say, Gerrit Cole, may look unappealing on the surface. But with other packages for potential trades involving Andrew McCutchen and Josh Harrison, the forest may look better than the trees.

Every general manager in baseball would love nothing more than to get maximum value on each and every trade they make. But if the club is commuted to a rebuild — no matter the scale — then it is entirely fair to judge the totality of all of the hypothetical trades to judge the course of the team’s future.

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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)