Bill Brink's Pirates chat: 5.31.17
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Justin
12:14
If the Pirates traded Cole to the Yankees and they offered Torres + a few other pieces, you would have to take that wouldn't you?
Bill Brink
12:15
I don't think it makes sense to trade Cole if they think they can contend next year, which I think is a reasonable assumption at this point given the ways in which this year has gone sideways. If they did trade him now, the acquiring team would get two and a half years of him, so he'd be very valuable, though I don't think the Yankees would trade Torres.
Fish Monger
12:16
Hi Bill just curious why Bob Hitting won't increase payroll to a still below avg but reasonable 115-120 million. That would get us better offensive players and show the fans he actually might care about winning. Don't you think a 91 million dollar payroll after the successful year they had is an insult to the fans?
Bill Brink
12:18
It does seem reasonable after increasing the payroll every year since 2010 that it would continue to grow, especially as league-wide revenue (and thus revenue sharing) continues to grow. That is especially heightened after what the offense has done this year and how Kuhl and Glasnow have pitched, though I do think the offense has a good deal to do with Marte and Kang's absence.
BobbyToledo
12:19
I guess I don't understand the Cole trade talk. He is with the Pirates through 2019. Why does that mean he is tradeable now? I know multiple pieces, but I thought the idea of having homegrown talent was that you could keep them through their cheap contract years while they are high performers?
Bill Brink
12:20
Important to note that just because teams want Cole doesn't mean the Pirates want to trade him. Much more likely McCutchen and/or Watson are moved. You're right about having homegrown controllable talent at affordable salaries. I'd be on the alert for a Cole trade next deadline or after next season, when he's a year away from free agency. The flip side is that the more control he has left for the acquiring team, the more value he has, so the Pirates could get a haul if they did move him.
12:21
That's it for today, sorry to cut it short but gametime approaches. We'll do this again next week from Baltimore. Thanks for all the great questions!
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