Lessee… The Pirates could have had a lineup of Aramis Ramirez, Jason Bay, Nate McClouth, Adam LaRoche, Ryan Doumit or Jason Kendall, Freddy Sanchez, and Jack Wilson. Xavier Nady was a Pirate. Jason Schmidt and Ian Snell were Pirates. Mike Gonzalez was in the pen as a closer.
None of these guys is left.
The last, Freddy Sanchez, was given to San Francisco for Tim Alderson, a young pitcher with a world of potential…
Sanchez has some skills – gets on base, decent batting average, though not a GREAT run producer and just an average glove (at best) playing second or third. He’ll help the Giants, but not as much as they think.
Alderson is a 20-year-old with GREAT control, strikes guys out – though that rate fell a bit at AA this year. I like his 20 – 6 record in the minors, I like his control, and right now projects to be a member of the rotation in 2011.
Still – you look at the ten or eleven guys listed at the top of the page and you wonder why the Pirates haven’t had a winning season since Barry Bonds weighed 185 pounds.