Could Giancarlo Stanton become a Pirate?

So what are the odds of Giancarlo Stanton becoming a Pirate you ask? Well according to *ESPN.com’s David Schoenfield it is very well a possibility, but a very pricey one at that. A trade would most likely include the likes of Jameson Taillon(20th prospect according to Baseball America) and Gregory Polanco(55th).

**By Charlie Wilmoth of MLBTradeRumors.com
The Pirates “need” the Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton, ESPN.com’s David Schoenfield argues. Schoenfield points out that the Pirates rank last in the National League in OPS at right field (with Travis Snider’s disappointing season thus far being the main reason why). Also, the Pirates have a strong farm system with the sorts of prospects that could well tempt the Marlins. Schoenfield suggests that the Pirates could deal Jameson Taillon and Gregory Polanco, both Top 100 prospects, along with catcher Tony Sanchez and an additional pitching prospect. That would still leave the Bucs with a good crop of young players that would include Gerrit Cole, Starling Marte, Alen Hanson, Josh Bell and their 2013 draft class, but it would be a high price, as one would expect. Stanton isn’t eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season, so the Pirates would be receiving a huge, and immediate, upgrade for the next several years. But the Bucs’ financial situation makes their farm system a crucial part of any success they might have, so the penalty for missing on such a huge trade would be very high.

I would very much like to see the Pirates acquire Giancarlo Stanton and possabily keep Jameson Taillon, but that is probably to much to ask for but if I was asked to keep one or the other, I would choose Stanton over Taillon any day because the Pirates would have Stanton until the 2016 year, and it would be an immediate upgrade over Snyder in Right Field. Not to mention it would add about 35-40 homeruns to the middle of the Pirates order behind Andrew McCutchen and in front of Pedro Alaverz. I think it would be an all around good deal for the Pirates and possibly make them immediate contenders in the NL Central and possibly in the entire NL.

* http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/37195/pirates-need-to-make-big-pitch-for-stanton
** http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2013/06/quick-hits-nolasco-stanton-yankees-ramirez.html

Alvarez leads Pirates to 5-3 win over Reds

The Pirates Pedro Alvarez lead the Pirates to a 5-2 win over the Reds on Thursday. Alvarez was 3-4 with 1 run scored 5 RBIs and 1 homerun. Alvarez who hit his 16th homerun is tied for 5th in the NL, and 48th RBI is tied for 8th in the NL. The games first run was scored in the bottom of the 1st inning when Joey Votto’s singles on a line drive to left field as Shin-Soo Choo scores, giving the Reds the early 0-1 lead. Then in top of the 3rd Pedro Alvarez singles on a line drive to right field scoring Andrew McCutchen scores, tying it up at 1-1. In the top of the 6th Pedro Alvarez homers(16) on a bomb to right center field, giving the Pirates the 2-1. And in the top of the 7th inning Pedro Alvarez strikes again doubling on a line drive to deep right field scoring Bryan Morris, Starling Marte, and Andrew McCutchen, giving the Pirates all they would need to win the game by a score of 5-3.

Name H-AB R RBI BB SO AVG
Marte LF 2-5 1 0 0 2 .283
Mercer, SS 0-5 0 0 0 1 .272
McCutchen, CF 1-3 2 0 1 1 .287
Jones, RF 1-4 0 0 0 3 .264
Snider, RF 0-0 0 0 0 0 .236
Alvarez, 3B 3-4 1 5 0 1 .223
Sanchez, 1B 0-4 0 0 0 1 .237
Walker, 2B 1-4 0 0 0 0 .244
McKenry, C 1-4 0 0 0 2 .210
Cumpton, P 0-2 0 0 0 1 .000
Morris, P 1-1 1 0 0 0 .250
Inge, PH 0-1 0 0 0 0 .193
Watson, P 0-0 0 0 0 0 .000
2B: Marte, S (11, Bailey, H), Alvarez, P (6, Cingrani), Walker (8, Hoover).
HR: Alvarez, P (16, 6th inning off Bailey, H, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Alvarez, P 5 (48).
Team RISP: 2-for-13.
Team LOB: 7.

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Compton 5.0 5 2 1 1 3 1 3.60
Morris(W, 4-2) 2.0 3 1 1 0 2 0 2.48
Watson(S, 2) 2.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.08

The Pirates (43-30) will play the LA Angels (32-40) at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The pitchers are scheduled to be Gerrit Cole (2-0) for Pittsburgh vs Jered Weaver of the Angels (1-3).

Pirates Drop a Heartbreaker in Extras

The pirates dropped a heartbreaker in the bottom of the 13th inning today by a score of 2-1. The Pirates LHP Jeff Locke threw another amazing outing giving up only 4 hits while striking out 3 in a seven inning shutout. The pirates scored there only run in the third inning when Marte tripled to center. In the next at-bat, Martin hit a hard ball back to pitcher Arroyo, who couldn’t handle it, allowing Marte to score and putt the Pirates on top, 1-0. Then in the bottom of the ninth inning the pirates called in the closer Jason Grilli who faced Jay Bruce who rocketed a line drive over the right field wall for his 14th homer of the year. Then in the lower half of the 13th Derrick Robinson singles, followed by a single to right field Shin-Soo Choo and Robinson advances to third. Next, the Pirates intentionally walk Joey Votto to load the bases with one out. Then to end the game Brandon Phillips bounces one over the second base bag into center to with the game in walk off fashion for the Reds.

Name H-AB R RBI BB SO AVG
Marte LF 1-6 1 0 0 1 .218
Martin, C 1-4 0 0 1 0 .255
McCutchen, CF 0-6 0 0 0 1 .287
Jones, 1B 2-4 0 0 0 1 .265
Sanchez, 1B 0-1 0 0 1 0 .244
Walker, 2B 0-4 0 0 1 2 .244
Wilson, P1 0-0 0 0 0 0 .000
Inge, PH 0-1 0 0 0 0 .195
Mazzaro, P 0-0 0 0 0 0 .000
Alvarez, 3B 1-5 0 0 1 2 .214
Snider, RF 1-6 0 0 0 2 .236
Mercer, SS-2B 1-3 0 0 2 0 .286
Locke, p 0-1 0 0 0 1 .038
Melancon, p 0-0 0 0 0 0 .000
Presley, PH 1-1 0 0 0 0 .293
Grilli, P 0-0 0 0 0 0 .000
Barmes, SS 1-2 0 0 0 0 .201
2B: Martin, R (13, Arroyo), Snider (11, Arroyo).
3B: Marte, S (5, Arroyo).
GIDP: Inge.
Team RISP: 0-for-8.
Team LOB: 14.

Name IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Locke 7.0 4 0 0 3 3 0 2.01
Melancon(H, 22) 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.99
Grilli(BS, 1) 1.0 1 1 1 0 0 1 1.10
Wilson 2.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 2.16
Maxxaro(L, 3-2) 1.1 3 1 1 1 2 0 3.23

The Pirates will play the Reds again tomorrow at 12:35 at Great American Base Park.

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