5 Moves Pittsburgh Pirates Could Make At Winter Meetings
5 Potential Moves For The Pittsburgh Pirates
One of the most active weeks in the history of MLB has come and gone without the Pittsburgh Pirates doing much. In the past week, Robinson Cano signed with the Seattle Mariners, Curtis Granderson signed with the New York Mets, and the New York Yankees signed Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury and Hiroki Kuroda.
The Pirates weren’t completely inactive though – they did acquire backup catcher Chris Stewart from the Yankees for a player to be named later. As a fan of the Pirates, I have learned to trust general manager Neal Huntington after what he has done for the organization, but watching so many chips fall in free agency and trades is getting frustrating. The Pirates said they were going to significantly increase payroll for the 2014 season, but I don’t see how they are going to do that at this point.
Teams have more money than ever to spend this offseason, and they are taking advantage of it. With Cano leaving, the Yankees were able to sign Ellsbury, Kuroda, Beltran and Brian McCann already; the scary part is that they said they aren’t done yet. Even with the increased revenue from their playoff run and a new PNC Park record in attendance, the Pirates still can’t keep up in free agency.
With the winter meetings starting on Monday, this is the week that the Pirates will be able to make their move to acquire a big bat or front of the rotation starting pitcher. This slideshow is going to preview a few moves the Pirates could make at the winter meetings.
5. Sign James Loney
The Pirates are in need of a first baseman, and James Loney may be the best available free agent first baseman. Loney wants a contract close to three years, $30 million, and the Pirates see Loney as a player worth two years, $16 million. They aren't exactly close in terms of preferred contracts, but I could see them meeting in the middle at some point. The Pirates could sign Loney to a two year, $20 million deal.
4. Acquire Mitch Moreland
The Pirates have been rumored to be interested in trading for Mitch Moreland. Acquiring Moreland is probably not at the top of the Bucs' priority list, but it is probably a fallback plan for them.
3. Trade For Adam Lind
Trading for Adam Lind would be a great plan. Gaby Sanchez is great against left-handed pitching, and Lind is great against right-handed pitchers. Using a Sanchez/Lind platoon would be a very good idea.
2. Acquire Mark Trumbo
Acquiring Mark Trumbo could be a bit unrealistic for the Pirates. The Los Angeles Angels seem to want either Jameson Taillon or Tyler Glasnow in a trade for Trumbo, and it's not worth giving up a top pitching prospect for a first baseman that strikes out a ton and doesn't walk much.
1. Blockbuster Trade For David Price
If the Pirates really want to make a splash, they could pull off a blockbuster trade for David Price. It may not be the smartest move to trade a couple of their top 10 prospects for two years of control with Price, but it would cause a lot of excitement among the Pirates' fan base.