There is one way Neal Huntington could potentially upgrade the rotation without giving up any precious prospects. It would take two things. A lot of money and massive grapefruit sized balls.
Before I get into the name I just want to stress how absolutely ballsy this move would be. It would be so out of character for the Pirates it would shock me if it happened.
Now. The name is Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez. Gonzalez is a Cuban defector who is drawing big interest from multiple teams. The Phillies, Blue Jays, Braves, Cubs, Dodgers, Rangers, and Red Sox.
Gonzalez is apparently a four pitch guy with a fastball touches 96.
The great thing about Gonzalez is that he doesn’t contribute to International signing caps. He is just another free agent. Now. You’re looking at sinking $10 + million a year for 5+ years into Gonzalez but is that kind of cheese worth upgrading the rotation tomorrow and keeping your best prospects in house? Even more, if they signed Gonzalez, even overpaid for him that’s something you’ve crossed off the list and those prospects can be used on another piece if that’s what you need.
Gonzalez is no sure thing though. He has worked out for 60 MLB scouts in Mexico and he’s highly sought after for a reason.
It’s a risk that Neal Huntington should take.