Pittsburgh Pirates "McLouth Trade" Revisited

Jim SimmonsContributor IJune 5, 2009

CHICAGO - MAY 27: Nate McLouth #13 of the Pittsburgh Pirates looses his bat as he swings against the Chicago Cubs on May 27, 2009 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs defeated the Pirates 5-2. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

When I first heard the news, I was pissed off. I mean really pissed off.

The Pirates traded away another All Star outfielder. That's two in the past 12 months. How dare Neil Hunnington do this to us! Hes no different from Cam Bonifay or Dave Littlefield.

Trading your best player for three prospects. Come on Neil! This cant be happening!

I was just a Piratefest, met Nate, talked to him, and I won a new style jersey of Nates. McLouth loved playing in Pittsburgh. He was excited with the direction of the team, and he fit well. He adores the fans and loves his teammates, how do the Pirates do this?

Well, after 24 hours, and lots of contemplating, I decided that this is a decent move (say what?) yeah, and here's why...

1. Nate, while being one of the best players on the team, inst a superstar. Hes a very average player.

2. McCutchen has a much higher upside, as Nate is already 27. He is at his prime now and wont be any better than he is right now.

3. The Bucs sold high on McLouth. The return was good. How good? Well we wont know for a couple of more years.

4.The Pirates can loose 100 games this season with or without Nate McLouth.

5. The farm system is in bad shape. Adding three quality players will definitely help. Its not going to change the franchise to World Series contenders overnight, But look at some of the players in the organization right now. The future is brighter.

The bottom line is this, I will miss Nate McLouth. Hes a great guy, High quality individual, great teammate, and a pretty good ballplayer, but the Pirates will be the winners when this trade is looked back upon in a few years. It stings right now, no doubt about it, but lets keep the big picture in prospective.

One last comment, The Pirates have upgraded, just by calling up McCutchen. The kid is going to be a difference maker.