Personally, I say take the "risk" because I think his value would go up, even if it was only slightly
Some news today. The Pirates showed interest in Choo who has been traded to the Reds. He didn't really seem to fit anyway.
Also some more Hanrahan rumors. The Pirates want something in addition to Capuano for him. I've seen some people wonder about Gordon but again I don't see the fascination with him. He was worse OFFENSIVELY last year than Barmes.
Also the Tigers will not trade Porcello for Hanrahan which ends my hope. They are willing to trade Boesch though but that makes absolutely zero sense for the Pirates.
The Dbacks traded Bauer as part of that deal. Pretty interesting I would say.
I know he and Cole (supposedly) don't like each other but I would have been drooling over adding him to the prospect list. Any idea what the talent they got for him would have equated in terms of our prospects?
So I'd say the Diamonbacks received a package of Herrera, Watson and Hague but being optimisitc about how you see those guys Bell, Wilson and Curry would probably be a good value match. Again that isn't a lot for Bauer but keep in mind Arizona doesn't do either of those trades. They are looking for immediate help at SS and the only player I mention that gives them that is Gregoris.
It was a tough question and that was about the best response I was hoping for. That's quite a bit to give up and if you think we would have had to give up one of Taillon or Heredia anyway, I think that kind of defeats the purpose.
Say he is a more polished version of Heredia, is it worth giving up all those extra guys to get him here a little faster? I think not
So I guess to answer your question simply. The equivalent Pirates package to what the Diamondbacks recieved for trading Bauer (plus Shaw and Albers who are two decent RPs) is:
Dilson Herrera, Tony Watson, Matt Hague
or being optimistic on the Diamondbacks end
Josh Bell, Justin Wilson, Matt Curry
I would certainly give up the first one and would probably do the second as well.
Dodgers DFA'd Scott Van Slyke. The Pirates picking him would just feel right, wouldn't it?
It would feel a lot better if he could play like his dad
Maybe the Pirates can claim Van Slyke, making it SVS + Capuano for Hanrahan essentially
As for myself I don't particularly get the fascination with Gordon. He was as bad as Barmes at the plate last season, terrible in the field and is no more a leadoff hitter than Starling Marte who to put it kindly I am record on here saying I want to see no where near the top of the order.
This is how I see the current roster:
Obviously this is assuming Hanrahan is traded. So what NH has left to acquire is a middle infielder for the bench (Mercer, Holt and d'Arnaud are the interal choices) an additional starter (McPherson, Mazzaro and VandenHurk are the internal choices) and another bullpen arm (Stewart, Welker, VandenHurk, Beck, Wilson, Oliver are some internal choices).
This is actually now getting a little funny. The Twins signed Brandon Boggs.