What Is the Pirates Strategy?

Kyle PomerleauContributor IFebruary 1, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Lastings Milledge #85 of the Pittsburgh Pirates  looks on during batting practice prior to the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on September 14, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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I have a tough time figuring out the Pirates strategy. First came the trades of Xavier Nady to the Yankees and Jason Bay to the Red Socks. Next, the Pirates traded Nate McLouth and Nyjer Morgan to the Braves and Nationals, respectively. Adam LaRoche, Jack Wilson, and Freddy Sanchez were the next on the trading block. All of these trades were for a young Major League player here or there, but mostly for minor league prospects. These trades seemed like an effort for the Pirates to get younger and be ready for the future. After 17 losing seasons, the Pirates seemed to be telling their fans to get ready to suffer a few more so they will be able to compete in the future.

Then came the trade for Akinori Iwamura, a 30 year old Shortstop from the Tampa Bay Rays. Don't get me wrong, I want the Pirates to be able to compete this year, but this was straying from their strategy. Next, the Pirates picked up Octavia Dotel in free agency. Dotel is a very good Closer, but he is 36.

I know that the fans are impatient, but you have to stick by your strategy. By the time the majority of the prospects acquired in the trades make it to the majors, some of the veterans the Pirates have recently acquired will be past their prime. I hope the Pirates staff knows what their doing because from this fan's perspective it doesn't make much sense.