Are The Pirates Doomed For Many Years To Come?

Kenny LindbergContributor IJuly 29, 2009

PHOENIX - JULY 26:  Luis Cruz #36 of the Pittsburgh Pirates watches from the dugout during the major league baseball game against  the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 26, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks defeated the Pirates 9-0.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

WOW! What is Neil Huntington doing with the Pirates? Snell and Wilson, for five players is barely understandable, and Sanchez for a AA pitcher, although one of the top prospects is just unexplainable. I understand and realize that the salaries of all three traded people are high, but today shows that the Pirates brass has no concern about winning anytime in the imminent future.

Huntington has continued to say through all this, that they are building to win now not later, but after today I wonder if he has any credibility after trading two players that were adament in remaining to stay with the Pirates, and for a sizable pay cut as well. Their wanting to stay is/was a testament to the loyalty of the Pittsburgh fans, of which all were slapped in the face because of.

So for the temporary I will pause to show what the starting line-up for the rest of the year will look like/

P-Maholm, Duke (for today at least), Morton, Ohlendorf, Vasquez
1B- Steven Pearce, Garret Jones
2B- Luis Cruz (pictured above), Delwyn Young
3B- Andy Laroche
SS- Ronny Cedeno
OF- Brandon Moss, Andrew McCutchen, Garret Jones/ Delwyn Young, possibly a call-up

Does this line-up show any promise to be an above .500 team? Not at all

This team also does not strike fear into anyone either, just looks like a laughing stock team.

Multiple sources have said Neil Huntington is on the Hot Seat as General Manager. To the fans he has already be burnt to a crisp. Honestly he is probably in high praise with the upper management, because by dumping so many salaries they are making a lot more money. I hate to say that but there is no possible reason to justify the reason for getting one "prospect" for Freddy Sanchez a perennial all-star, no matter how top notch this prospect is by scouts.

Well I guess enough with the bad, lets put a positive spin on this.

Luis Cruz now has his chance to shine, and Ronny Cedeno comes to a new scenery, and one of the best in baseball.

Cruz is a very underrated player in the system one that has had management on the fence about for a few years. Sound familiar? Same as they were with one Nate McLouth only a brief time ago.

As for Cedeno, he has shown glimpses of being capable of being a great player, but ha fallen from grace with the Mariners. He has been considered to be very strong defensively in some sorts, but the bat is what has been holding him back. For Pirates fan we can only hope that Ronny can figure his on field problems out and produce for the Pirates for the rest of the year.

There's no doubt that every player will have to step up on the field, however a huge void that will be left is that in the community where Jack Wilson, and Freddy Sanchez made their biggest difference.