Thursday Trade Tree – Jose Bautista

A timely trade tree this week, since the Pirates are playing his current team. Right now he’s the best power hitter in baseball: Jose Bautista. (click to embiggen)

Another player the Pirates reacquired after losing him in the rule 5 draft, Pittsburgh wasn’t able to enjoy the fulfillment of Bautista’s talent like they did with Bobby Bonilla. Talk at the time had the Pirates wanting David Wright instead of Wigginton which would have been a great get. Alas, that trade was pretty much a fail for the Bucs. I’m sure the Mets would love to have Bautista back now, as would the Rays, Orioles and Royals.

Thursday Trade Tree – Bobby Bonilla

Brick gloved thirdbaseman, All-Star slugger, still being paid by the Mets. I present Bobby Bonilla.

Semi-unique occurrence of a player being reacquired after being lost in the rule 5 draft. Nothing wrong with trading a useful DeLeon for him except that they already had him to start with. I have another player with a similar history that I may use next week.

I spent Father’s Day with my Dad and he gave me a great suggestion for a trade to chart. I use ‘great’ in the sense of ‘being very large.’ This thing has filled two pages already and still has several branches I haven’t explored. I’ll post it whenever I can get it all fleshed out and stitched back together. But man, is it a doozy.

Bonus Trade Tree – Josh Rodriguez

Minor trade today, as the Pirates re-acquire Josh Rodriguez.

This seems like a depth move more than anything. He’s coming off of an injury so he’ll play everyday at Indianapolis while he gets his timing back.

Thursday Trade Tree – Stan Belinda

A solid closer for a few years, Stan Belinda is best known for being on the mound when the Bucs lost game seven of the 1992 NLCS. (click to embiggen)

The team got some good mileage from Jon Lieber before he was inexplicably flipped for Brant Brown (Thank you, Cam Bonifay!) Miceli had the affectionate nickname “Maalox” for the uneasy feeling felt by fans when he was called in to pitch.

Got another suggestion? I’d love to hear it!

Bonus Trade Tree: Michael McKenry

For the first time since I started doing these, the Pirates made an actual trade.

Nothing earth-shattering here. With Doumit, Snyder and Jaramillo on the DL the team was desperate for a serviceable catcher. Here’ hoping McKenry can fill that spot. Even if he can’t they didn’t give up anything of value (yet).


Thursday Trade Tree – Todd Ritchie

This seemed very nice at first, but turned out to be a rebuilding trade that didn’t lead to any rebuilding. (click to embiggen)

The Bucs did will to sign Ritchie, get a good season from him and then spin him for young pitching depth. Wells looked to have promise early but never could take the next step.

I am of the opinion that if you can trade a reliever for an everyday player you should always do it (See Rincon, Ricardo for Giles, Brian). I still like the Chavez for Iwamura deal based on what was known at the time. Boy, did that turn out to be a clunker though.

Today’s tree was suggested by Patrick Byrne from Forever Rebuilding. Suggest a player that I use in a Trade Tree post and your name too could be read by literally tens of people!