#213: Don't Give Up the Farm
I think I lost count somewhere.
This apparently marks the 1-year anniversary of "Steeltown Sports Live" (tomorrow, actually), but it also says broadcast #51. I thought there were 52 weeks in a year. Oh, well. If someone can find the missing show or otherwise quantify that this indeed is only broadcast 51, I'll send you a package of cookies.
The Major League Baseball trade deadline is just over a week away, and the sports talk lines are buzzing, suggesting things like trading prospects like Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie and others to get a big bat in the lineup this year.
As much as fans want to win it all right now, it's just not prudent to give up the farm team that has taken a long time to rebuild. You don't give it up for one year.
As a Pirate fan, I am more than willing to watch the team suffer through losing season number 19 if it means that the farm system stays stable. Once I get the impression that the farm system is loaded would I entertain the notion of getting rid of high-slot prospects for a mid-season rental that could push the team over the hump.
Read last week's entry for my thoughts on the possibility of trading Kevin Correia as part of a deal. I'm not saying to get rid of him, period, but he is the most expendable of the current starting rotation that could fetch a decent return if packaged with a couple of middling players. Listen to this week's program to understand why I think this.
- Who, if anyone, do you trade (away and for) if you're the Pirates' brass?
- Pirates success this year lands them on national TV for the first time in a long time.
- The Pittsburgh Power's inaugural season comes to an end.
- Quick thought on United States Women's soccer team goalie Hope Solo and her taking the so-called "high road" by not exaggerating injury.