Bill Brink's Pirates chat: 7.19.17
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Bill Brink
12:53
Maybe Newman is ready by next summer? Although he's not at triple-A yet.
12:54
To go back to Patrick's question for a moment, the Pirates have said frequently that they don't like to bring up top prospects when A) they won't play every day or B) they haven't had a lot of time in the high minors, to go through the league more than once and learn to make adjustments.
Marte's Partay
12:54
Would you expect the Pirates to make a trade for an outfielder at the waiver deadline if they are in serious contention come the end of August like they did with Byrd a few years back?
Bill Brink
12:54
Not with their current outfield alignment, no.
gray skies
12:55
If they are keeping cole, and cutch, you think that the pirates should target Sonny Gray at this years trade deadline if they see a window of contention for the next two years.  He has two years left on his contract.
Bill Brink
12:55
He will cost more to acquire, I think, than they are comfortable trading.
James
12:55
Cutch says he wants to stay a pirate. He's well aware that the team doesn't break the bank. Do you think that could be any indication of a willingness on his part to take a discount or is he just trying to stay classy and say the right things?
Bill Brink
12:55
This has been going on for three years now, so I don't think we'll know unless the Pirates keep him through next year.
Joe
12:56
It would be a bad look, but is there a haul that could pry Rivero away?
Bill Brink
12:56
There's always a haul that can pry someone away but I don't think the Pirates would move someone with this many years of control left.
Joe
12:57
Do they consider Meadows untouchable given Cutch's uncertainty?
Bill Brink
12:57
Nobody's untouchable, but he's close to it, and let's be clear, with all this buying talk, they're five games back and still under .500, I don't think Austin Meadows (who's hurt) is going anywhere.
robert
12:58
it seems that the pirates are able to get bullpen guys with nasty stuff at trade deadline, why do you think other teams keep trading reliver with pirates?
Bill Brink
12:58
This deadline could be an interesting referendum on that.
Marte's Partay
12:58
Isn't Andrew McCutchen the franchise? Why not thank him for what he has done and allow him to finish his career as a bucco?
Bill Brink
12:58
There's a compelling case to be made. The argument against that is, they don't want to let him go and get nothing in return but a draft pick after the first round.
Anthony Hritz
12:59
I still hear once in awhile people complain about the Liriano trade last deadline. It never bothered me to the point like Rammy and Loften to Cubs for a retired old man. However, with that said, any updates on the other two guys who went in that trade. I believe it was Mcguire (Cather) and Rameriz (Outfielder)?
Bill Brink
1:00
Reese McGuire hit .216/.311/.373 with double-A New Hampshire before having knee surgery in May. Harold Ramirez is hitting .253/.303/.349 in New Hampshire.
Jack
1:01
I'm not feeling the optimism that a lot of folks do on here to make a run at the division. Cubs look like they're finally heating up. And let's face it...Pirates are still under .500. Why should fans be so optimistic?
Marte's Partay
1:01
If I'm not mistaking the pirates were 2 games under in the 80 games without Marte. Isn't that an indication of how good this team really is?
Bill Brink
1:01
Those two comments are a good synopsis of both sides of the argument.
Marte's Partay
1:01
When will management realize that the seats would be filled every night if they portrayed a message that they cared about winning? Resign Cutch and spend some money. The pirates would win. The stands would be filled and all parties involved would be happy. Am I oversimplifying it?
Bill Brink
1:03
Not entirely, you make a good argument. Spend money to put a good product on the field --> fans show up --> make money. But there are other expenses beyond the major league payroll teams must worry about, and if attendance is down that's less revenue going forward.
AR
1:03
Now with marte back, jhay should be everyday third baseman and frasier the everyday second baseman. Freese to bench. Is that the plan?
Bill Brink
1:03
I think we'll still see Freese at third and Harrison at second, with Frazier on the bench, so his glove isn't at second every day, though Hurdle said he'd work more in the infield now to prepare for playing second.
Chuck
1:03
With Jung Ho still having years left, do you think the pirates would really invest in another 3rd baseman if it's at all possible for him to return next season?
Bill Brink
1:04
If they were to invest in another third baseman, it would tell us a lot about their thoughts regarding whether he ever gets here or not.
1:05
That's it for today, thanks for all the great questions. I'm sure they'll be lively chats up through the trade deadline. We'll do this again next week from San Francisco!
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