Oh those Buccos…

Here is a look at the deals the Pirates have made in recent seasons in an attempt to get “better”. We’ll look at their current starting lineup and compare it to what could have been had the front office kept their patience with the young group of players who seem to be thriving elsewhere.
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July 30, 2001 Jason Schmidt is dealt for two minor league players

July 22, 2003 Aramis Ramirez and Kenny Lofton are traded for three minor league players

August 26, 2003 Brian Giles traded

November 27, 2004 Jason Kendall goes elsewhere

August 31, 2006 Traded away Sean Casey, Oliver Perez and Kip Wells

January 19, 2007 Mike Gonzalez traded

July 31, 2007 Rajai Davis traded

July 26, 2008 Xavier Nady goes bye-bye

July 31, 2008 Jason Bay traded away

June 3, 2009 Nate McLouth gets dealt for three minor leaguer players

June 30, 2009 Eric Hinske goes to the Yankees for two minor league players

June 30, 2009 Nyjer Morgan and Sean Burnett are dealt

July 22, 2009 Adam LaRoche is traded away for two minor league players

July 29, 2009 Ian Snell and Jack Wilson are traded for five players

July 29, 2009 Freddy Sanchez is traded for one minor league player

July 30, 2009 Tom Gorzelanny and John Grabow get the boot for three minor league players

THE CURRENT ROSTER

1B Steve Pearce – only 90 career games played
2B Delwyn Young – only 199 career games played
3B Andy LaRoche – 224 career games played (.224 BA)
SS Ronny Cedeno – 406 career games played (.240 BA)
C Ryan Doumit – 377 career games played
LF Lastings Milledge – 277 career games played (.259 BA)
CF Andrew McCutchen – 66 career games played
RF Garrett Jones – 73 career games played

Pitching staff: Paul Maholm, Zack Duke, Ross Ohlendorf, Charlie Morton and Kevin Hart

WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN

1B Adam LaRoche or Eric Hinske
2B Freddy Sanchez
3B Aramis Ramirez
SS Jack Wilson
C Jason Kendall
LF Jason Bay
CF Nate McLouth
RF Xavier Nady

Bench: Rajai Davis, Nyjer Morgan, Eric Hinske, Brian Giles

Pitching Staff: Jason Schmidt, Ian Snell, Tom Gorzelanny, Oliver Perez and Paul Maholm (Zack Duke becomes long relief or a spot starter)

Bullpen: Mike Gonzalez, John Grabow, Kip Wells, Sean Burnett

If the Pirates just stayed the course, they may have been able to snap their 16 season playoff drought, but they’ve done quite the reverse. The owner, whether it was Kevin McClatchy (1996-2007) or the current one, Robert Nutting, refuses to pay his players and therefore will never produce a winning product on the field until the organization finds someone who is willing to pay for a winning product. I’m not asking for George Steinbrenner type contracts here, but I am asking for a new owner who will at least show some desire to win, and give his fans at least a smidgen of hope. I’m looking for the Steelers and Penguins recent success to rub off on the perennial MLB doormat hopefully forcing them to take some kind of initiative. Problem is… I think they did this year… their initiative is to get even younger and trade away every good player they ever had.

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  1. […] farm system that will allow contenders the opportunity to evaluate players in the majors. The list of Pirates who have made it to the real show is […]

  2. Awesome! one of these days the Bucs will get a new GM and owner tandem and hopefully bring some prestige to a Pittsburgh venue other than Heinz Field and the Igloo

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