This offseason has consisted of trade rumors surrounding players that the Pittsburgh Pirates have. The stove offically turned hot on Christmas Eve when Josh Bell was traded to the Washington Nationals.
Then last week, Ben Cherington pulled off arguably the best trade of his tenure as general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. This trade saw him send starting pitcher Joe Musgrove to the San Diego Padres in exchange for five players in a three-team trade that also involved the New York Mets.
Now it appears that the next trade by the Pittsburgh Pirates could come soon. According to Mark Feinsand and Adam Berry of MLB.com, Jameson Taillon looks like the next to go.
Sources tell me and @adamdberry there are indications that Jameson Taillon will be the next Pirates player to be traded — possibly in the next day or two. The Pirates have already dealt Joe Musgrove this offseason, so it would not be a surprise if Taillon is moved, too.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 23, 2021
Moving Taillon now would be a risky for Cherington. He has not pitched since May of 2019 due to having his second Tommy John surgery, which makes his trade value an all-time low. So it would make sense to keep Taillon and let him have a healthy, successful first 2-3 months of the season to allow him to build his trade value back up.
That said, keeping Taillon is also a risk. If he fails to come over his injury issues or pitches poorly, his trade value could drop even more. So moving Taillon now would all hinge on what the return Cherington could potentially get for Taillon. If he determines it’s a valuable and worthwhile return.
As news continues to develop in the next day or two about Taillon, and everything else related, to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the coming days.