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Here’s what it will cost: Double-A starter Jameson Taillon, Keith Law’s No. 20 prospect entering the season who has pitched well at Altoona; outfielder Gregory Polanco, the No. 55 prospect who has shot up in value after a strong showing that recently got him promoted to Double-A; catcher Tony Sanchez, the former No. 1 pick who is hitting .303 with nine home runs at Triple-A Indianapolis; plus a decent C-grade lefty.
As a Pirates fan, I'd probably rather keep the prospects.
I could understand if Stanton were 5 years older - but he's not much older than any of those guys and already a star. I suppose you could make the argument that Stanton missed significant time last year and has again this year - so perhaps there's some legit injury concern, but if it were me, I'd do that trade.... and I consider myself a prospect hoarder.
I'm not an expert on Pirates prospects but that doesn't seem like a totally unreasonable deal for either side.
I'd be curious if Mike/Vlad agree -- but personally, I think I'd rather include Cole than Taillon... I think it would likewise make the deal sweeter for Miami, since Cole is closer -- but I like Taillon better as a long term prospect.
Yeah. I want this team to be a perennial contender, and Stanton's gone once he hits FA.
I guess if Stanton continues to develop, maybe he commands a Pujols-ian FA bid and Pittsburgh couldn't really afford to be in the bidding.
I guess if Stanton continues to develop, maybe he commands a Pujols-ian FA bid and Pittsburgh couldn't really afford to be in the bidding
So if there are enough Pujols; Hamilton; Kemp (so far); A-Rod (FA contract II); Howard contract over-pays, we won't see the end of them?
As a Pirates fan, I'd probably rather keep the prospects. Stanton would be a big upgrade, but I'd rather try and build a sustainable winner than shoot for the moon and then drop off.
Heck, you could deal him in 2 years and still probably get a pretty good bounty for him.
I can't believe some people are saying the Pirates shouldn't do this (hypothetical) deal.
Although if the rumors of Alfonso Soriano's availability are true, Pittsburgh doesn't NOT make sense as a destination
I see Tabata's back on the DL and they've just sent down Presley; does that leave Brandon Inge as the 4th OF right now and/or Snider or Sanchez as an everyday starter?
I like Taillon and Polanco, but we're not talking about franchise players here.
If I were a Pirate fan I'd jump for joy at that deal. Stanton is a HOF talent, a 6+ WAR player if healthy for the next 7-8 years,
Curious about this and MWE's remark about Stanton's handedness
If we're in that ballpark, the Cubs have a bevy of potential outfielders (Soriano, DeJesus, Schierholtz, Hairston) and a couple of those guys might come easier/be better than Soriano in Pittsburgh.
But he can't seem to stay healthy right NOW when he's in his early 20s. Stanton had 601 PAs in 2011, 501 PAs in 2012, and will almost certainly have even less than that in 2013. The hitting talent isn't a question, but durability is an important skill, and I'm starting to think that Stanton doesn't have it.
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