Everyone else is weighing in so why not me too!?!?!?!
Obviously the bats are bad. Worst in the majors and on and on and on.
So what is the problem?
Internal valuation. That’s right. The Pirates internal valuations of players sucks. At least on the offensive side of things. For how good they seem to be at judging pitchers they are that bad at judging bats.
You could easily search through my posts since I started and find the answer to their problems….. trade for Arbitration Eligible players. Imagine if last year the Pirates had traded Tony Sanchez, Rudy Owens, and a guy like Zack Von Rosenberg, with a PTBNL to the Astros for Hunter Pence. This team is significantly better with just that one move.
Sure the pitching depth in the minors is a little more shallow, but you can’t start ten pitchers.
I agree with the premise of stockpiling arms. I always have. You can win with pitching. Hell the Pirates are proving that. They are just three games out of first place right now with one of the worst offenses in the history of the game. When you have an abundance of pitchers though you need to move them to get some position players.
You can’t just hand out multiple millions of dollar contracts to guys that have little chance of working out. The Pirates position signings have basically all been low risk/ low reward guys. The Pirates aren’t going to win anything without taking chances.
If the Pirates are serious about contending they can’t sit on their hands and they can’t slowly drip money away. A slow leak in a tire will still become a flat, that is basically what the Pirates have been doing with their free agent signings.