MLB Trades 2011: Pirates Wisely Avoided Deadline Circus with Smaller Moves
With the Pittsburgh Pirates in contention for the first time in over a decade, there was a groundswell of talk for the franchise to make a big splash at the trade deadline.
Instead, the Pirates decided to opt for smaller moves, grabbing Derrek Lee and Ryan Ludwick at the deadline, giving Pittsburgh a little more pop in their lineup, allowing the club to get Lyle Overbay and his lifeless bat on the bench where it belongs.
When you're a team like the Pirates, now isn't the time to be splashing on over-priced deadline targets. Pittsburgh is still on the rise, and their championship window isn't even open yet. Just because the Pirates are competitive doesn't mean they should break the bank on players that won't help them in the long run.
Fans of the club know this, and realize that the pieces are there to turn Pittsburgh into the type of franchise that can compete against the big-money franchises. Think of the Pirates as the National League's version of the Tampa Bay Rays, who don't spend a lot of money, but have found a way to be competitive against clubs like the Red Sox and the Yankees.
Right now, being above .500 is a massive accomplishment for a franchise that has been nothing short of miserable for years. There is a baseball malaise that has swept over Pittsburgh, and this Pirates team has slowly broken the franchise out of that funk.
Lee and Ludwick won't change the face of the NL Central, but it's these types of smaller, more cost-effective moves that can pay major dividends in the way a team constructs a lineup and carries themselves on the field. It may not draw the headlines that some of the other deadline deals have, but it shows that the franchise is committed to winning after struggling to field a competitive squad for what seems like ages.
The Pirates played this perfectly and are more than content to let the cards fall where they may. In the end, the Pittsburgh fans know this is the right move and will enjoy the ride as this young, gritty Pirates team fights to bring baseball back along the three rivers.
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