Trade Deadline Tree: Derrek Lee

The Pirates made a deal prior to the trade deadline, acquiring Derrek Lee from the Orioles for class A firstbaseman Aaron Baker.

This move effectively ends Lyle Overbay‘s time as the starting firstbaseman. Lee’s first half numbers aren’t much better than Overbay’s this year but he’s better defensively and has been hot over the last month plus.

The trade deadline is today at 4pm. Check back throughout the day to see more trade trees as deals happen.

Trade talk

I’ll start with the bottom line: I don’t expect the Pirates to make a major move.

To celebrate the Pirates being alone in first place this morning, I tuned in to some Pittsburgh sports radio. The topic: What would you give up for Carlos Beltran? I know the radio game, I know the hosts was trying to get people to listen and call in, but seriously?

There will be acquisition(s), but not the big name rental type. They won’t trade anyone off of the major league roster, they’ll trade B-level prospects and take on salary. The only exception to this I could see happening is if they can get a power bat who’ll be part of the team for the next few years, similar to the Penguins trade for James Neal this past season.

They’ll add a reliever who can strike people out, another catcher if Doumit/Snyder have setbacks, and the best RH bat they can get for value. Not money value; they have money to spend. Talent going back will be the key to any deal.

Bucs’ Trades = Win

Interesting deals by the Pirates at Saturday’s trading deadline. Gone are:

Bobby Crosby, SS (to Diamondbacks) .224/.301/.295
Ryan Church, OF (to Diamondbacks) .182/.240/.312
DJ Carrasco, P (to Diamondbacks) 3.88 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 7.3 K/9
Octavio Dotel, P (to Dodgers) 4.28 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 10.8 K/9
$500,000 cash (to Dodgers)
Javier Lopez, P (to Giants) 2.79 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 5.1 K/9

The pitchers will be missed. All were effective and part of a strong bullpen. Crosby and Church were ineffective to put it nicely. The thing that all of these players have in common is that none of them were part of the long term plan and all are (or should be) easily replaceable for next season. In return the Pirates received:

Chris Snyder, C (from Diamondbacks) .231/.352/.426
Pedro Ciriaco, SS (from Diamondbacks) (AAA) .259/.278/.392
$3,000,000 cash (from Diamondbacks)
James McDonald, P (from Dodgers) (AAA) 4.41 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 8.1 K/9
Andrew Lambo, OF (from Dodgers) (AA) .271/.325/.420
John Bowker, OF (from Giants) (AAA) .310/.388/.594
Joseph Martinez, P (from Giants) (AAA) 3.32 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 7.2 K/9

That’s a Ryan Doumit clone with better D, 2 rotation candidates, one OF who could come up now, one young OF who projects very well, a toolsy SS prospect, AND a wad of dough. If there’s anything not to like here I can’t see it. For more analysis and detailed breakdown on the young guys check the blogroll to the left. There have been several good articles written since Saturday.

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