The MLB trade deadline has come and passed, but like every season, rumors continue to leak for about a week after the deadline. Rebuffed trade offers will continue to leak for a few days, and the Pittsburgh Pirates were involved in a huge leak on Wednesday.
Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported yesterday that the Pirates made an offer to the Miami Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton that “got their attention.” I saw another report that the Pirates and Marlins had a deal in place, but Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria wouldn’t allow it.
It is not known which names were involved in the offer that the Marlins turned down, but it was said to be a huge, substantial offer. Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said a little after the 4:00 p.m. trade deadline on Wednesday that he was willing to “be stupid, but not insane” when making trade offers this season. He also said that he made some offers to teams that “made him feel uncomfortable.”
If I were to connect those Huntington quotes and the Biertempfel report, I would assume Huntington is talking about Stanton. If I were to speculate about the names the Pirates would have been giving the Marlins in return for Stanton, I would probably say Jameson Taillon and/or Gregory Polanco would have started the deal. Tyler Glasnow, Alen Hanson and Luis Heredia also could have been involved. I don’t think Huntington would have offered all five of those prospects, but I’m sure at least three of them were involved. Even though the Pirates didn’t make any trades, it really was nice to hear that Huntington was trying his hardest to make a huge splash to help this team. No longer can Pirates fans say the front office isn’t committed to winning.