Originally Posted by X-Terminator
Now predictably, the, ahem, "geniuses" over on the Pirates website are all up in arms about the trade. It's like I said before - Pirates fans overvalue marginal talent just because "they're good guys" or because they're playing decently. But if you look at it from a pure baseball standpoint, this is a good trade for the Pirates. They dealt a 29-year old outfielder who has maxed out on his potential in Morgan and a serviceable left-handed reliever in Burnett for a 24-year old 5-tool player with potential in Milledge and a reliever with a good arm and upside in Hanrahan. I understand that Milledge has had character issues and he has been hurt this season, but if they can get this guy to play and act like a professional, and up to his potential, this will be an absolute steal of a trade for the Pirates, even if Hanrahan doesn't pan out like they hope. Morgan was going to lose his job within the next 2 years to younger and more talented players. Why not trade him now when his value is as high as it's going to get? Let's face it, on a good team he is a 4th outfielder, if he even makes it to the majors. Last year at this time, not one of those "geniuses" over there would have thought Morgan would ever be a decent major league player, and now they act like he's Jason Bay.
Excellent post. We Pirates fans have been through so much that people have a tendency to criticize before thinking.
Huntington is not Littlefield. Just because Littlefield was an idiot doesn't mean Huntington was an idiot. Just because Littlefield traded veterans for nothing does not mean Huntington is trading veterans for nothing, unless you think that Charlie Morton, Brandon Moss, Andy LaRoche, Bryan Morris, Jose Tabata, Jeff Karstens, Gorkys Hernandez, Lastings Milledge, Joel Hanrahan, Ross Ohlendorf, Daniel McCutchen, Jason Jaramillo, etc . . . are "nothing."
We had possibly the worst farm system in the majors when Huntington took over--now we have an elite prospect (Andrew McCutchen) reaching the majors, with another prospect in the system (Alvarez) who is ranked in the top five prospects in the majors.
We actually have young, talented pitchers (Maholm, Duke, Morton, Ohlendorf--though I'm not a fan)--not Ryan Vogelsongs and John Van Benschotens.
For the first time since 1997, it seems like there is hope.