Pirates "Ship" Off Nate McLouth

Jim SimmonsContributor IJune 3, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 09:  Nate McLouth #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates plays the field against the New York Mets on May 9, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 10-1.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

I'm a little taken back on this move. And as of now, I still haven't stopped to look at the players they received in return for Nate "The Great."

I'm sure these players of whom I have never heard are going to turn the Pirates into the next version of the Tampa Bay Rays.

In moving McLouth, the Pirates have already given up on the season, and have destined us to another losing season. This will make 16 consecutive losing seasons, and it will be a Major League record.

The players the Pirates will receive are, pitcher Charlie Morton, minor league outfielder Gorkys Hernandez, and minor league pitcher Jeff Locke.

Morton was 4-8 with a 6.15 ERA for the Braves last season.

The Pirates have recalled outfielder Andrew McCutchen. at AAA Indianapolis, McCutchen hit .303 with 4 Hrs and 20 Rbi. He stole 10 bases in 12 attemps and his OBP is .361 and slg pct is .853

To say that I am ticked off about, is an understatement, possibly the understatement of the year.

I'm going to take a couple breaths and try to control myself.