The future of the Pirates’ roster

The Pirates’ July 29th game against the San Francisco Giants is Sean Casey Bobblehead night. It’s ironic, then, that Sean Casey could be playing for the Giants and not the Pirates that day. As the trade deadline approaches, trade rumors are swirling and one of the rumors that appears most credible is that the Giants are looking to fill a gap at first – with Sean Casey. According to this article, if the Pirates aren’t able or willing to sign Casey to a contract extension before the trade deadline, then he will be traded, likely to the Giants.

While Casey is probably the most prominent Pirate ostensibly on the trading block, he’s certainly not the only one to be discussed in trade rumors. According to this article, the list includes Craig Wilson, Joe Randa, Jeromy Burnitz, Kip Wells, Salomon Torres, and Damaso Marte. I also saw a different article that mentioned that Roberto Hernandez would probably be traded to the Yankees. So, basically, everyone the Pirates signed in the offseason to one-year contracts could be gone by the end of July. Honestly, I wouldn’t be that sad to see any of these guys go, except for Torres, Casey, and, to some extent, Craig Wilson. However, if they traded both Casey and Wilson, it’s not clear to me who would play at first. Ryan Doumit? Jose Hernandez? The Pirates’ depth chart lists Casey, Wilson, and Eldred at first, but Eldred had season-ending surgery a little while ago, so, while they’re probably targeting him as their first baseman for next year, they need someone to play this year.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but it’s certain to be an interesting 10 days leading up to the trading deadline.

3 Responses to “The future of the Pirates’ roster”

  1. 1 Your Wife
    July 21, 2006 at 11:16 pm

    Maybe you could play 1st as a volunteer.

  2. 2 Milkshake
    July 23, 2006 at 4:42 pm

    I hope they trade the whole team away except for Bay, Sanchez, Paulino and maybe Jack Wilson. I’d also like to see Tracy go and would dance in the streets if McClatchy sold the team.

  3. 3 Colin
    July 24, 2006 at 9:06 am

    I would love to see new Pirates ownership. For awhile, people had been talking about Mark Cuban buying the Pirates. Initially, I thought that would be really bad because I thought his antics would reflect poorly on the team. Right now, however, the Pirates’ on-field performance is reflecting poorly on the team. I think Cuban could change that. Being from Mt. Lebanon, he grew up a Pirates fan and he is anguished to see them suffer such disgrace. Given that and his record with the Dallas Mavericks, I think he would make decisions not based on the question “How am I going to make the most money?” but “How can I improve the performance of this team?” We need an owner like that. What we don’t need is another owner who’s going to take the revenue sharing money from the big market clubs and put it in his pocket instead of spending it on players.

    To his credit, at the time McClatchy took over, it was not a sure thing that the Pirates were even going to stay in Pittsburgh, so he at least kept them in Pittsburgh for awhile. What we need now is an owner who can help them win.

    As far as I’m concerned, Tracy should go and Dave Littlefield, as well. I don’t like Tracy’s managerial style. Having Jack Wilson sacrifice bunt in the first inning demonstrates that this man doesn’t understand baseball. I guess if we got a new owner, he would probably completely overhaul the whole Pirates leadership, which would be great, as far as I’m concerned.

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