MLB Rumors: The Pirates Should Trade For Jed Lowrie

The Pittsburgh Pirates are among the leaders in the NL Central. Yes, I really did just say that. In a weakened division, the Pirates have taken sheer advantage and are running out it’s young and talented club- and it’s fun to watch. Weird- but fun. With MLB Rumors season flyin’ high, the Pirates have to be looking at a shortstop better than the .200 hitting Clint Barmes.

Barmes is an above average defender but hitting .200 is not acceptable. If this team seriously wants to contend, they can’t have that position being a blackhole offensively. There aren’t a ton of shortstop upgrades around which is why Jed Lowrie makes the most sense.

Jed Lowrie has had a pretty decent campaign since being trade from the the Boston Red Sox to the Houston Astros, and is still young enough where he’s not a 1 year fix. He could be a longterm solution. I would be in full support because it’s a major upgrade and that’s what teams do- upgrade.

I have no idea what his real value is. I don’t think the Pirates would give up any of it’s prime prospects, which in turn leads me to believe it’ll be tough for the Astros to trade him .

I’m trying to think of a couple trade scenerios, and none I believe are completely realistic. Clearly, the Astros are holding out for probably Geririt Cole, but there’s just no way in jeepers creepers the Pirates part with him.

Hey- after all….It’s up to the Pirates to determine his value and work something out with the Astros! I can’t do everything myself! Well I guess I can try. It’s going to take 2 “B graded prospects” to get Lowrie (in my opinion) which should be in the price range for the Pirates. Go for Gold Pittsburgh. You deserve it.

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  • lawrence lebin

    to concentrate on clint barmes’ batting average is beyond irrelevant. the writer, who shows little real knowledge of baseball outside of statistics, even admits he’s an “above average defender”. all the good pitching pirate fans have enjoyed during the first half of the season has much to do with the pirate up the middle defense. barahas, barmes, walker and mccutchen. barmes and barahas are the keys to this improvement, and both have been highly criticized by so called fans who want them to hit 350 with 30 home runs. any offense and i mean any barmes produces is gravy, and you will see him start to get not necessarily more hits but more important ones. in fact, if you’re paying any attention to the games you can’t help but notice how barmes is starting to collect some very important hits. hits that change games. hits that win games. i hope the pirates do nothing in the trading season. this team deserves to find out how good they are and how far they can go.

    • gilgerard

      Sounds like a typical pirates fan that enjoys being mediocre.

      You don’t lose anything defensively with Lowrie, you get a young SS that’s a better hitter.

      Yeah- bad idea.

    • mtdmoney

      As of today Lowrie has a higher fielding % and fielding range rating than Barmes and is hitting 50 points higher. Better defense and better hitting. I say go get him.