Pittsburgh Pirates Trade Rumors: Acquiring Giancarlo Stanton Isn't Easy, But No Thanks

Pittsburgh Pirates trade scenarios and rumors are going to start gaining steam across the internet as the trade deadline approaches.  The names of players that everyone thinks will help the Pirates will come as fast and furiously as they did last season.   It usually goes like this: the Pittsburgh Pirates Need To (Make Push/Acquire/Sell The Farm) To Get  _____________.  [today we are going to insert Giancarlo Stanton who will likely be the name that will replace Justin Upton from last year's rumor mill]

We all know Upton never happened.  It’s hard to even fathom Stanton happening.  But anyway, here is the link to the Sweet Spot post on the Bucs making a push to get Stanton.

Jun. 19, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Here is what it will cost, according to one of my favorite writers David Schoenfield:

Here’s what it will cost: Double-A starter Jameson Taillon, Keith Law’s No. 20 prospect entering the season who has pitched well at Altoona; outfielder Gregory Polanco, the No. 55 prospect who has shot up in value after a strong showing that recently got him promoted to Double-A; catcher Tony Sanchez, the former No. 1 pick who is hitting .303 with nine home runs at Triple-A Indianapolis; plus a decent C-grade lefty.

Yeah.  But on the bright side, there is no mention of Bob Nutting’s first born.

Most Pirates fans are going to find that pretty ridiculous at first glance.  It’s not a bad scenario actually, but not one that remotely interests us.  Even though Stanton is everything Neal Huntington dreams about at night.  Won’t be first time arb-eligible until next year. Can’t be on the free agent market until 2016.  A right fielder that can mash.

The part that we hate, you ask?  It’s the facts about Stanton that are so rarely discussed.  All those little injuries.

Quad strain.  Hamstring.  Toe.  Left knee soreness.  Right knee surgery.  Sore left shoulder.  Hamstring.  Right oblique strain

Andrew McCutchen is always on the field.  Giancarlo Stanton is not.  Stanton typically takes most of the month of April.  He has had a myriad of injuries that just scare us too much to give up talent like those mentioned.  For a guy that is built like an NFL tight end, Stanton is not an Andrew McCutchen.  Being in the lineup every single night is what the Bucs need.  Just look at what happens to this offense when Cutch has a rough night.

So, Schoenfield asked how it sounds to think about Stanton hitting home runs into the Pittsburgh night, the Roberto Clemente bridge in the background.

Home runs are great.  But so is this dream scenario, too:  A packed PNC Park watching Jameson Taillon fire 95-plus mph piss rockets at the talented Reds and Cardinals for years to come.   Tony Sanchez catching for Taillon is an enjoyable thought as well.  And maybe most of all, the powerful and athletic Gregory Polanco ripping balls over the Roberto Clemente wall, and double after double into the North Side Notch.  Yeah, those are all very promising thoughts  for many years to come, too.

So, unloading all that talent to get Stanton?  Nah.  Call us crazy all you want, but we pass on that scenario.


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  • D beyer

    Totally agree. We should just nip this in the bud now. Acquiring Alex Rios for two 20-30 ranked players is what we should be going after. Then, possibly hope for Presley, Snider, or Lambo partnering with him.

  • Campbell Sproul

    I saw all the hoopla this morning, and I totally agree with Tom. When in doubt, roll with the pitching. The Pirates need a bat, but Stanton is not the one that fits the long term plans of the Pirates.

  • burgh_fan

    Go get two right handed bats good at hitting left handers. One to spell Walker or Alvarez and the other to help Snider and Tabata in RF. Michael Young and Michael Morse are two suggestions I like but there are many others.

    • Tj Streib

      Or just have Walker bat lefty full time

  • spotswoode

    Think Cutch would see some pitches with Stanton in the 4 hole? I hear you on Taillon but have a look at Santelli’s analysis.

  • Emile Heskey

    The Pirates need to make this trade. We have other pitchers in our organization besides Cole. If they want to make the playoffs, get Stanton!

  • Andrew Goemaat

    I think they need to make this trade–or a variation of it. The Marlins aren’t getting Cole but I think Taillon would have to cement the package we’d be sending. I have no problem trading Sanchez–the dude is 25, never played a game at the major league level and to be honest, hasn’t wowed me with his minor league numbers. I could be wrong, but I don’t see him being a real impact player down the road, though he certainly could still be a decent major league catcher that the Marlins could use.

    The problem though is that I don’t want to trade Polanco. I love what the kid’s done and think he could really turn into a star–one I’d personally prefer to keep instead of Taillon. However, take Polanco out of the package and things get iffy since Taillon-Sanchez would be nowhere close to enough. Throw Snider in there, maybe Pimentel, maybe Heredia, maybe even De Jesus… Just, I’d hate to see Polanco go. I really would. Heck, let’s throw Jerry Sands in at the end since he’s just terrible. He can be the Marlins new bat boy.

    I know I might be in the minority, but I’d love to see a line up of Cutch, Stanton, Alvarez, Jones as our 3-6 after Marte and Walker. We desperately need help offensively and Stanton can provide that. The little nagging injuries don’t scare me too much as long as we have capable players on the bench who aren’t named Brandon Inge.

  • Tj Streib

    OK, it’s time to start it – #FreeLambo – 7 HR/21 RBI/1.175 OPS already at Indy! (21 HR combined Indy/Altoona)

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