Trade Deadline 2011 Countdown

Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Deadline Countdown

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The Pittsburgh Pirates seem to be more than just one or two pieces away, but that won’t stop us from starting the Trade Deadline Countdown.  We are going to chase down some trade talk from around Major League Baseball.

The Pirates Lyle Overbay has eight errors at first base and regardless of being a leader of a mediocre statistic as well as a clubhouse leader, he hasn’t got it done.  He hasn’t  fielded well and hasn’t provided the power the Bucs need.

So let’s look around at a player that might be available.

Carlos Pena is an interesting thought, but like everyone of these posts, one must realize that the Pirates are going to need to give, to in order to get.

Pena has been on a power surge recently with 10 homers in the past 30 games.  He hit another bomb last night.  But most fans have a love it or hate it take on the Cubs slugging first baseman.

Was Wrigley field even a fit for Pena?

The Cubs are facing yet another crucial decision period.  The team has already had “the meeting” to discuss what options and scenarios exist.  The Pirates had a similar meeting yesterday.

The Cubs seem ready to make a deal. They always make a deal right?  But would they really send Pena to the Pirates?

Sure they would. Pena’s deal is up at the end of the season. It would be sold as a rental. 

The big question for the Pirates is if Pena would be the answer for the Pirates powerlessness.  And consider this, could the Bucs possibly sign him to a deal for next season should he perform, or do they feel Matt Hague or other options are ready?

The NL Central power position will likely be much different next season.  Of course the Pirates will consider this.  The Cards without Albert Pujols are a different team.  (Is P-O’s Matt Adams in AA this season an option yet?)   The Brewers without Prince Fielder are a different animal.  So maybe the Pena deal is more interesting than we first thought

We think the Cubs will target pitching in any of their deals.  Neal Huntington mentioned a GM complimented the Pirates organization for stockpiling pitching.   Might be a match…..might not, that’s why this time of year is so great.

A Cubs deal with the Mets might be likely, especially if the Cubs like what they see in David Wright. Check out what Jordan is talking about at Cubbies Crib.

 

Thinking of an Evan Meek return this season? God, we trust this doesn’t happen. Luke Scott and Adam LaRoche aren’t pitchers and look at the impact on their season.

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