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)
  • redrage97

    and again here we are with ‘rebuild’ Why would you rebuild your team when all but two of your starting players (cutch and mercer) are under control for at least two more years?

    Cutch i can get, walk year and very unlikely he’ll extend (though would be a pleasant surprise). Mercer doesn’t return much and no one better to replace him yet.

    Okay I can get cole, His return could fill needed holes and we got some prospects that might be as good if not better than he was last year working their way up. But Harrison is vital to any chance we have this year and probably next year.

    IMO: don’t trade cole unless it will help the ’18 team, dont’ trade harrison at all. …well at least this year.. maybe next off season think about it if Kramer Newman or tucker look good. Cutch if you can sign a 4th outfielder type with +defense and at least league average at the plate. that way if meadows can’t make it then you still have options. If you have too combine cole/cutch returns in the aggregate, but Cutches trade value probably isn’t enough.