Kevin Goldstein. Baseball Prospectus. Goldstein takes a purely pessimisitic look at some of the Pirates added at the trade deadline.
Pirates: Here we go again
Like the Royals, the Pirates had little to give away and thus got little in return. Although some young talent is finally creating excitement in Pittsburgh, it’s doubtful that anybody who was added to the system this past weekend will make a real difference in the Pirates’ chances at their first winning season since 1992. In fact, most of these players already appear to be like current or recently failed Pirates if one looks at them with a critical eye, which is hard not to do when it comes to baseball in Pittsburgh. Here’s the purely pessimistic first reaction on all four players picked up at the deadline.
James McDonald, RHP: Potential back-end starter similar to the pitchers the Pirates have filled their entire rotation with for years.