Sunday, July 27, 2008

Pittsburgh Pirates keep getting more building blocks; it is time to trade Jack Wilson

For the past 10 years plus, the Pittsburgh Pirates have been holding an annual fire sale come the trading deadline to unload salary in order to get young players who the organization can build a winner around....when will this madness stop?....when will all these young building blocks pay off into a winning team?....when!?!?!?

A few years back it looked like the Pirates hit the motherload when they traded Brian Giles to San Diego for outfielder Jason Bay and pitcher Oliver Perez....Perez was lights out when he first came to the Steel City, but soon found himself in the minors then traded to the New York Mets...suddenly, the Perez was given the ball to start Game 7 of the NLCS....as far as Bay goes, he was the key to the trade...he was the main building block....now the organization is looking to trade him in order to start the process once again....

It is a shame how dysfunctional the Pirate brass is....years of poor drafts, poor luck, and bad decisions have this once proud franchise annually unloading players....

Once again it looked like the Pirates made another poor decision when they traded southpaw reliever Damaso Marte and outfielder Xavier Nady for basically four average minor leaguers from the New York Yankees....Jose Tabata was once an untouchable for the Yankees, but his recent struggles in AA have allowed them to change thier thinking....

Marte was a hot number on the trading market....the Pirates could have worked a better deal, but instead it seems like they were more concerned about unloading payroll immediately than wanting to get a better deal, even if it meant to wait it out for a few more days....

The one player the Pirates should trade is shortstop Jack Wilson...Wilson has been the stabile face of this franchise....he has seen the supposed young talent come in that was going to be the building blocks to the future only to watch the organization fail time and time again....Wilson deserves out of this misery in Pittsburgh and to be on a contending team that could make the playoffs - something that may never happen if he stays in a Pirates uniform....

It may kill the fans to see Wilson traded, but they should understand that Wilson deserves better than what the Pirate organization has been doing....nothing would satisfy me more than seeing Wilson in the post-season - in another uniform....

1 comment:

J Bralich said...

Jack does deserve better, however, trading him would require the Pirates to actually have another shortstop in the organzation. Just another stunning reflection of the lack of depth in in the Pirates' farm system.
-J Bralich