Dear Pittsburgh Pirates' Fans, We Have Ripped Out Your Heart and Soul

Bare KnucksAnalyst IJune 4, 2009

NEW YORK - MAY 08:  Nate McLouth #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates leads off second base against the New York Mets on May 8, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Pirates 7-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

First off, I’d like to send my condolences out to Pittsburgh Pirates' fans. After making his first All-Star game and winning a Gold Glove last season, up and coming outfielder Nate McLouth was shipped to Atlanta in exchange for three prospects. It’s no wonder why the Pirates' ball club continues to stink it up. What an awful move!

The speedy outfielder was sent to the Atlanta Braves, who were in need of a boost at the position. With this new addition to the team, Atlanta will be more competitive in the deeply talented NL East. The Pirates, however, got the short end of the straw.

The ‘Burgh received three prospects in return for the All-Star outfielder; OF prospect Gorkys Hernandez (really? Gorkys?) and pitching prospects Charlie Morton and Jeff Locke.

Now, the Pirates’ farm league is one of the worst, and this trade certainly gives it more substance, but trading a player like McLouth is absolutely ridiculous. Pittsburgh just signed him to a three year deal worth roughly $16 million not too long ago, he makes his first All-Star appearance, wins a Gold Glove, is starting to cement himself as an All-Star caliber player, and they trade him?! I just don’t get it! [Read more...]