The MLB Amateur Draft has passed which means the All-Star break is not too far away. This also means that the trade deadline is right around the corner. There are few players pegged as trade candidates that the Pirates should defiantly make a run for. The most glaring need is a starting pitcher.
Hamels PHI : Cole
Hamels trade talk has been around for a while now but the asking price
has been way too high along with his $95.5 million salary through 2019
after this season (if option
vests) make any trade very unlikely. However it was recently noted that
the Phillies are willing to take on a portion of his salary. If this is true and if they would take
on $5 million
or more per season the Pirates may want to reconsider.
Hamels is an ace in his prime. It is not very often players of his caliber
are available. His salary for
his ability is not totally unreasonable. Considering they are paying $13.5
million for Liriano, paying
$15 Million for Hamels would be a great bargain.
The big reason I can see to go all in on Hamels is that once you got him
you have him for years to
come unlike most other trade candidates
Cueto CIN : Johnny should be a relatively cheap rental. Whatever
team gets him needs to
understand that unless they open the check book he will be gone after the
season. He is a great
pitcher and also really good in PNC Park, not counting the wild card game.
He is a career 10-2 with
a 1.91 ERA and .951 WHIP in PNC. By the time he is traded he should be
owed around $5 million
seems like a decent price if he is able to give you 10 decent starts in the
regular season. Also with
stats like that in PNC park he might be more inclined to resign but I doubt
the Pirates would give
him the $22-25 Million/year he will likely fetch
Leake CIN : Mike is another rental who also pitches well in PNC.
He isnât an ace like Hamels
or Cueto but he has fair stuff at the back of the rotation who should be a
pretty good inning eater
while keeping the team in the game most of the time. He has had a fairly
rough start to start the
season so his price might be lower than one would expect.
Harang PHI : Aaron has been doing great his first third of the
season with a 2.02 ERA and
a 0.995 WHIP which are better numbers than Hamels so far. Harangâs cheap
$5 million contract
could make him a trade for him the best trade if he finishes the season
anywhere near the pace he
is on now.
Haren MIA: Dan is over all is doing pretty well this season with a
3.03 ERA and 1.043 WHIP
is pretty attractive over 10 starts. His $10 Million in salary is paid by
the Dodgers so it might be
hard to pry this one way
Colon NYM : Bartoloâs Wins, Kâs and Whip are all pretty good
however his ERA is well
above 4 almost 5. The Mets are still in the race despite their injuries.
I have my doubts the 42 year
old right hander will be available. If the price is right it is worth a
look but I have a suspicion the
Mets will be in the race until September.