And thus starts the Pittsburgh fire sale

ATLANTA — The Braves acquired All-Star center fielder Nate McLouth from the Pittsburgh Pirates for three minor leaguers on Wednesday, a move to beef up Atlanta’s offense in hopes of contending in the NL East.

We knew it was coming soon, just not exactly when. To be honest, I’m kinda shocked they got rid of McLouth first, but then again he’s pretty much the best player on the team, which doesn’t say much since he’s hitting .256 right now. Put another way, McLouth is the most-owned player in ESPN fantasy leagues from the Pirates.

A little tip for all you Pirates fans, look out in the next coming weeks, because I’m willing to bet Freddy Sanchez is the next to go, and don’t expect to get his value back in prospects or veterans. That’s just a pipe dream right now. But I’m sure you know that already.

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3 Responses to “And thus starts the Pittsburgh fire sale”

  1. C Gally Says:

    You know, I was all ready to come here and post a scathing rant about my team. But the more I've read about this trade, the more optimistic I've become.

    Per http://mondesishouse.blogspot.com/

    "McLouth was a lifetime .261 hitter who's played one full season in the majors and was battling for a job not too long ago. It's not as if they just traded Roberto Clemente in his prime. In the short term, the Pirates and their remaining fans will probably miss him; in the grander scheme of things, this could turn out to be a very good trade for the Bucs, if they netted two of the Braves' top 10 prospects and another arm to legitimately compete for a spot in the rotation. And don't forget, this also clears the way for McCutchen, who clearly has a much higher ceiling than McLouth."

    (McCutchen is hitting .303 in AAA.)

    So I don't know. I don't know anything any more. At least the Steelers won the Superbowl, right?

  2. The Northerner Says:

    This wouldn't be a concern if McLouth was the only one they got rid of recently. But The dispatching of Bay, the rumors about Wilson, and just the overall nature of the Pirates not being able to keep any of their "stars" (term used loosely) won't make anyone want to GO to Pittsburgh or even stay if they had the chance. At some point, you need to suck it up and start building off of someone. You can't be selling these guys off for prospects then letting the prospects develop into good players only to sell them off for more prospects.

  3. C Gally Says:

    Understood. I hate the Bay trade, but Nate isn't in his realm. There's a lot of talk about the AAA coming up to replace him, and we got top value for McClouth. I'm not saying that I wish they didn't do this. I'm just saying there is a reason to at least be optimistic about it.

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