Bucco Chatter: Bay, Snell to Seattle Rumors Addressed

January 8, 2008

Saturday’s Steeler meltdown has this Yinzer a little down on his luck. What better remedy for a broken heart than Pirates baseball chatter?

…oh man, if you could only feel the sarcasm of that intro ‘graph…

John Sickles, often considered the source for MLB prospect info, has posted his annual list of the top Pirates prospects. Pretty thin, if you ask me. Time to unload and re-build?

Apparently not if your Neal Huntington. Take a look at the offers he’s supposedly getting from Seattle for Ian Snell and Jason Bay. Somebody tell Neal to pull the trigger already.

The link above reports that Huntington passed on a Snell for Adam Jones, Brandon Morrow, and George Sherrill deal earlier this off-season.

By throwing Bay into the deal, it’s more than likely that the Bucs could entice the M’s add Carlos Triunfel to the deal, if not more. My suggestion is to try substituting either Ryan Feierabend or Tony Butler for Morrow. That adds up to:

Bay
Snell

for

Jones
Triunfel
Feierabend/Butler
Sherrill

More specifically that’s:

Snell

for

Jones (B+ to A- prospect, depending on who you ask)
Feierabend/Butler (both B to B+, with Butler probably being the better prospect)

and

Bay

for

Triunfel (B+ to A-)
Sherrill (poor man’s Damaso Marte)

That leaves the 2010 Bucs with:

  • A border-line all-star outfielder in Jones, who will only be 24 years old
  • A solid, affordable lefty 1-2 punch in Gorzelanny paired with either Feierabend or Butler.
  • A shortstop of the future who should make some impact from day one (see below)
  • A solid lefty set-up guy

Considering Bay will already be years into the decline of his career by this point, and Snell will have maxed out as a number 3 starting pitcher, I’d consider that a successful deal if made.

(This is the see below part)

Triunfel is the guy that screams to me as a must have in these discussions. The kid is a stud, and is already ascending through the minors at age 18. He’s drawing some comparisons to both Alex Rodriguez and Hanley Ramirez, mostly because of his early success, and while asking him to live up to either of those two might be a stretch, expectations for Triunfel aren’t far off.

The Pirates are looking for Jack Wilson’s replacement, and let’s face it, Brian Bixler is not the answer. The smart move: get rid of Wilson to give Bixler some time at shortstop. When the experiment is deemed a defensive failure about halfway through 2009, slide Bixler over to second, where scouts say he could actually be a solid everyday player, and plug in Triunfel.

Geeze this GM stuff is easy, somebody get me on the phone with Bob Nutting, I’m ready to take Neal’s job.

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ESPN Gets One Wrong, Schilling Opens His Mouth..

December 20, 2007

First of all, somebody please explain freedom of speech to ESPN, and remind them that people love controversy. Mark Madden is the most entertaining radio personality in sports right now strictly because he doesn’t give a flying you know what about what he says, and it’s hilarious. Forcing him to tone down his act is like asking a Spears girl not to get pregnant…the entertainment value just dies.

Meanwhile, Curt Schilling went on a little rant yesterday in his blog, 38pitches.com, in response to Clemens’s cameo on the infamous Mitchell Report:

Roger has denied every allegation brought to the table. So as a fan my thought is that Roger will find a way in short order to organize a legal team to guarantee a retraction of the allegations made, a public apology is made, and his name is completely cleared. If he doesn’t do that then there aren’t many options as a fan for me other than to believe his career 192 wins and 3 Cy Youngs he won prior to 1997 were the end. From that point on the numbers were attained through using PED’s. Just like I stated about Jose, if that is the case with Roger, the 4 Cy Youngs should go to the rightful winners and the numbers should go away if he cannot refute the accusations.

Wow. I don’t even know where to begin. Maybe Schil is looking for some readership, since as was mentioned above, controversy sells. Not that Curt has ever been shy about his opinions, but telling Roger Clemens to give back 4 Cy Youngs is a huge, huge demand, and says a ton about Schilling’s stance on PED’s. If he wants to take away Clemens’s Cy Youngs, then he has to take away Bonds’s records, Palmeiro’s home runs, Pettite’s World Series rings, and a whole bunch of punched tickets to Cooperstown.

If your going to punish one guy, you’ve got to punish them all, and since we really don’t know who exactly is in that “all” group, it’s a crap-shoot as to whether or not the right guys are being punished. Schilling is joking himself if he thinks we’re going to find every user from the last 25 years, and just because one guy was unfortunate enough to have his name dropped in a report doesn’t mean he should have his career accomplishments erased. Like I said in previous blogs, PED’s were rampant in baseball, and probably still are. If you’re dominant in a given era, then you should be remembered for that dominance, regardless of what accusations have been made. For all we know, every batter Clemens faced could have been juicing up, so how fair is it to punish him for being one of the few who was caught?

Don’t try to make scapegoats for MLB’s mistakes. Everyone is to blame, and singling out players like this is irresponsible. Judge the era if you must (and in this case, we have to), but when it comes to determining the best players over a set period of time, the only fair measurement we have is performance. I italicize that because it might be the truest thing I’ve ever written.

Trying to measure anything more than performance is like guaranteeing to beat the Patriots (yes Anthony I’m still bitter). 

It’s just stupid.


Random Ramblings Pt. 2

December 18, 2007

So I don’t have anything in particular to mention in today’s post, so I’ll just give you some interesting links and a few tidbits of knowledge that I’ve got crammed into my slightly undersized head…

  • A must read from Rob Neyer of ESPN.com. Rob came across an interesting article regarding HGH use. Turns out it might not be so helpful after all, at least if you want to believe the college professor/scientist he quotes.
  • Brian Roberts has told the Associated Press that he did in fact try steroids in 2003, but said it was just a one-time deal, and that his moral values (morals in sports????) stopped him from trying the juice again. Question for my faithful readers…Since Roberts was the one name that everyone used to question the integrity of the Mitchell Report (this means you Peter Gammons), has the report gained a little credibility now?
  • A-Rod and agent Scott Boras are no longer talking. It’s been a pretty lousy off-season for Boras, despite A-Rod getting his big contract. Teams have been sick of his negotiating habits for a while now, and looks like players may be catching up.
  • Huntington seems dead-set on finding somebody to compete with Paulino for time behind the plate.
  • I remember seeing numbers somewhere that showed Paulino was a good game caller. I can’t remember where I saw those, but I did manage to find some revealing stats about Paulino’s work with John Van Benschoten this past summer.
  • Some criticism directed at the Pirates front office about the hiring of Troy Buckley as the organizations rover pitching instructor. Some interesting stats and what not at the bottom of that article as well.
  • Another good ‘roid article from Rob Neyer that I figured I’d put in here. Raises some questions about how Hall of Fame voters should view the last 15-20 years in baseball history.
  • For all my Penn State buddies from back home, sounds like you guys might be seeing more than Nittany Lion football at Beaver Stadium in the next couple of years. Definitely something I’d like to see.
  • And finally, some much-deserved props for some Penguins rookies who have been all but carrying the team for the past couple weeks. Without Tyler Kennedy’s offensive production and Kris Letang’s clutch shoot-out abilities, the Pens would be in some serious trouble at this point.

That should give you plenty to chew on for a few hours. Depending on flight schedules and potential blizzards in Boston, I could be stuck in the dorm for a good 3-4 days straight, so there is potential for some serious post-age in the near future.

I leave you with some disheartening news from Mr. College Basketball himself. Looks as though Dicky V might have “awesome baby’d” one too many times. All the best to you Dicky V. We’ll all be eagerly awaiting your courtside return.