Trading Bay could be smart move for Pirates
Originally Published: November 9, 2007By Phil Rogers | Special to ESPN.com
Another year, another losing season.
GM: Neal Huntington
Manager: John Russell
'07 record: 68-94, 6th NL Central
'07 payroll: $38.6M, 27th MLB
Runs scored: 724, 12th NL
Runs allowed: 846, 14th NL
OPS: .736, 12th NL
ERA: 4.93, 14th NL
Fielding percentage: .986, T-2nd NL
Primary needsMiddle relief: Matt Capps looks solid as a closer. Damaso Marte provides a good left-hander, but Salomon Torres' problems have left the roster devoid of quality right-handed set-up relief. The Pirates need to lessen the load on the starting rotation. Third baseman with power: Neither Jose Bautista nor 2006 batting champ Freddy Sanchez, who shifted to second base last season, projects as a power hitter. Huntington would like to get more run production from third. Bench help: The Pirates traded the versatile Rob Mackowiak to the White Sox two years ago and have needed that type of player ever since.
Free agentsRHP Tony Armas Jr., RHP Shawn Chacon; have a club option for SS Cesar Izturis. In the picture: Huntington doesn't have much money to spend so he'll be forced to try to find a bargain among the second-tier free agents. There's always a large supply of relief pitching available, so he could get the help he needs.