The usually low-budget Pittsburgh Pirates are rumored to be interested in what would be a franchise-defining trade. David Price has been dangling on the trade market for the better part of two years, and now the Pirates have emerged as a possible landing spot for the three-time MLB All-Star. Pittsburgh could definitely use a shut-down ace like Price, but once again the question remains: do the Pirates have the “stones” to flip an array of prospects for a proven star?
While the Pirates’ boldness can be questioned, one thing can not — the franchise’s stacked minor league system. Jameson Taillon is a starting pitcher that has shown a ton of promise at 22 years old. Expect the powerful right hander to contribute at the major league level as soon as 2014. However, if the Pirates really want Price on their roster then Taillon would likely have to back his bags for Tampa Bay. In addition to Taillon, Pittsburgh would also have to sever ties with top prospects such as: OF Gregory Polanco, SS Alen Hanson and/or OF Josh Bell.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington has built the current Pittsburgh squad on great scouting and excellent drafting, yet it’s never too late for an old dog to learn new tricks. Besides, with A.J. Burnett likely to retire before the beginning of the 2014 season Pittsburgh’s starting rotation needs a little work this offseason, anyway. Therefore, I wouldn’t be surprised in the least if Price is flipped to Pittsburgh in exchange for a heap of Pirates’ prospects before Clint Hurdle‘s team takes the field this spring.