The culture in Pittsburgh baseball just had an enormous rumbling last night.
Derrek Lee was acquired by the Pirates. It cost the team a Single A first baseman named Aaron Baker.
Do you understand how significant this is?
Lee may or may not be a factor and that doesn’t matter. For more than a decade and a half, the trading deadline in Pittsburgh meant graduation for the quality players on their roster.
If you were a good Pirate, they were going to trade your butt at the deadline.
Not this year. At least for one season, the Pirates are NOT a Quadruple A farm team to be picked apart by July 31st vulture contenders.
Clint Hurdle may have won the Manager of the Year award with this trade. Why?
Because for one season at least, the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates were BUYERS!!!